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Human nature after Darwin : a philosophical introduction

Author: Janet Radcliffe Richards
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
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"Human Nature After Darwin is an investigation of the implications of Darwinism for our understanding of ourselves and our situation. It casts new light on current Darwinian controversies, and in doing so provides an introduction to philosophical reasoning and a range of philosophical problems." "Janet Radcliffe Richards claims that many current battles about Darwinism, in particular about evolutionary psychology  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Introductions
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Radcliffe Richards
ISBN: 041521243X 9780415212434 0415212448 9780415212441 9780203991909 0203991907
OCLC Number: 44167267
Description: vii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The theory --
The first scientific revolution --
The Darwinian revolution --
Natural selection --
Cranes and skyhooks --
Scope and potential --
The sceptics --
But is it true? --
Scientific confidence --
The perpetual threat of overthrow --
Radical sceptics and rational bets --
Shifting goalposts --
The Omphalos case --
Slips of level and sleights of hand --
Internecine strife --
A spectrum of Darwinism --
The battle lines --
Mind First and Matter First --
Blank paper and gene machines --
The evolutionary psychology of sex --
Persisting controversy --
Implications and conditionals --
Where to go from here --
The assessment of conditionals --
Biology as destiny --
Robots and puppets --
Setting out the argument --
Assessing the argument --
First step: 'women' to 'woman' --
Second step: dispositions to actions --
Third step: unchangeability --
Tu quoque --
Blameless puppets --
Philandering gene machines --
Real responsibility --
The challenge from dualism --
The problem of determinism --
The problem of indeterminism --
The root of the free will problem: kinds of non-existence --
More shifts of level and sleights of hand --
Equivocation and punishment --
Selfish genes and moral animals --
Evolution and altruism --
Unselfish gene machines? --
Kin-directed altruism --
Reciprocal altruism --
True altruism? --
Reciprocal selfishness --
Ulterior genetic motives --
Egoism and tautology --
More shifts of level: reductive explanations --
The end of ethics --
Particular moralities and morality in general.
Responsibility: Janet Radcliffe Richards.
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A clear introduction to the implications of the Darwinian revolution for our understanding of human nature. Fosters skills in thinking about human nature and critical discussion of Darwin's arguments  Read more...

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"Janet Radcliffe Richards has scored yet another success ....simply the clearest and most accurate introduction that there is to the current controversies about evolution, about Darwinian evolution Read more...

 
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Introduction to Philosophy focused on logical implications of Darwinism

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2011-12-31) Very Good Permalink

Having read many books on both Darwinian evolution and philosophy, I was intrigued by this book, which was advertised as an exploration of the philosophical implications of evolution in general, including evolutionary psychology.

 

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