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Processes of LifeEssays in the Philosophy of Biology$
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John Dupré

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691982.001.0001

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Against Maladaptationism: Or, What’s Wrong with Evolutionary Psychology 1

Against Maladaptationism: Or, What’s Wrong with Evolutionary Psychology 1

(p.245) 14 Against Maladaptationism: Or, What’s Wrong with Evolutionary Psychology1
Processes of Life

John Dupré

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes up a theme from earlier work, the critique of Evolutionary Psychology. The chapter focuses on one central claim of Evolutionary Psychology, that the crucial human cognitive mechanisms evolved in the Pleistocene, two million years or so prior to the appearance of human civilization. Drawing on the critiques of neo-Darwinism described in Chapter 9, it is argued that the theory is based on an obsolete view of the evolutionary process. A wider view of evolutionary processes, including cultural evolution, suggests that significant evolutionary changes are likely to have taken place in the last few millennia.

Keywords:   evolutionary psychology, neo-Darwinism, cultural evolution

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