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Homo novus : a human without illusions

Author: Ulrich J Frey; Charlotte Störmer; Kai P Willführ
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer, ©2010.
Series: Frontiers collection.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Converging evidence from disciplinesincluding sociobiology, evolutionary psychology and human biology forces us toadopt a new idea of what it means to be a human. As cherished concepts such asfree will, naïve realism, humans as creation's crowning glory fall and our moral roots in ape group dynamics become clearer, we have to take leave of many concepts that have beencentral to definingour humanness. What emerges  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Homo novus - a human without illusions.
Berlin ; London : Springer, 2010
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ulrich J Frey; Charlotte Störmer; Kai P Willführ
ISBN: 9783642121418 3642121411 9783642121425 364212142X
OCLC Number: 639461749
Description: xvi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Illusion number 1. Humans are exceptional. The position of man in the cosmos / Bernulf Kanitscheider ; Living differences / Volker Sommer and Amy R. Parish ; Nothing to talk about / Julia Fischer --
Illusion number 2. We are independent of our sociobiological roots. The true egoist is cooperative / Christian Vogel ; The social brain and its implications / Robin Dunbar ; Why most theories get it wrong / Julia Pradel and Detlef Fetchenhauer --
Illusion number 3. The biological imperative doesn't matter to us. Mortality crises and their consequences for human life histories / Charlotte Störmer and Kai P. Willführ ; Costs and consequences of reproduction / Virpi Lummaa ; Height and reproductive success / Rebecca Sear --
Illusion number 4. The past doesn't echo in our heads. Developmental psychology without dualistic illusions / Athanasios Chasiotis ; the psychology of families / Harald A. Euler --
Illusion number 5. Moral, religion and culture are social constructions. Moral normativity is (naturally) grown / Kurt Bayertz ; The origins of symbolic culture / Chris Knight ; Belief in Melanesia / Wulf Schiefenhövel --
Illusion number 6. We are free in what we want. Free will / Gerhard Roth ; Could I have done otherwise? / Gerhard Vollmer --
Epilogue. Modern illusions of humankind / Ulrich J. Frey.
Series Title: Frontiers collection.
Responsibility: Ulrich J. Frey, Charlotte Störmer, Kai P. Willführ, editors.

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Revealing seven errors in the way we view the human species, this volume explores the homo novus -- an alternative view of what it is to be human. Leaders in the field present and discuss converging  Read more...

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