Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Why We Disagree About Human Nature$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Elizabeth Hannon and Tim Lewens

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823650

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823650.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 21 November 2019

The Use and Non-Use of the Human Nature Concept by Evolutionary Biologists

The Use and Non-Use of the Human Nature Concept by Evolutionary Biologists

Chapter:
(p.145) 8 The Use and Non-Use of the Human Nature Concept by Evolutionary Biologists
Source:
Why We Disagree About Human Nature
Author(s):

Peter J. Richerson

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823650.003.0009

A number of prominent modern evolutionists embraced ‘human nature’, signalling their commitment to the Modern Synthesis. Their claim is that for most of our evolutionary history, culture was of little importance, and that genes, not culture, controlled early development. More recently, cultural evolutionists have argued that culture and reason were present deep in the Homo lineage, and that the ability to learn socially develops in the first year of life. Thus, it is reasonable to think that genes and culture coevolved in the evolutionary past, and that they codevelop in infancy and childhood. Human nature theorists seek to deny this claim, while at the same time trying in various ways to make room for human culture and reason. I argue here that they are unsuccessful in their attempts.

Keywords:   Modern Synthesis, culture, reason, gene–culture coevolution, gene–culture codevelopment

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .