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Biology and freedom : an essay on the implications of human ethology

Author: S A Barnett
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biology and Freedom, first published in 1989, is an essay on human nature: an attempt to make a just assessment of a species often presented as predominantly and unavoidably violent, grasping,  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S A Barnett
ISBN: 0521353165 9780521353168
OCLC Number: 17261470
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xiv, 376 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I. An Introduction: Four portraits ; The pessimistic tradition ; Animals and analogy --
Part II. Homo pugnax: the violent species: Communication and instinct ; The aggression labyrinth --
Part III. Homo egoisticus: the selfish species: Evolution and natural selection ; Environment and heredity ; Stories of human evolution ; Darwinism, genetics and politics --
Part IV. Homo operans: the greedy species: Conditioning and improvisation ; Work and play --
Part V. Homo sapiens: the human species: The reductionist imperative ; Human communication ; Teaching and tradition ; The question.
Responsibility: S.A. Barnett.
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"[Biology and Freedom] goes beyond the mere debunking of certain popular biologistic follies, to offer instead a vision of a humanity set free by our very biological situation...Barnett remains Read more...

 
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