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Why we disagree about human nature

Author: Elizabeth Hannon; Tim Lewens
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
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Is human nature something that the natural and social sciences aim to describe, or is it a pernicious fiction? What role, if any, does human nature play in directing and informing scientific work? Leading figures from the life sciences, philosophy, psychology, and anthropology present new essays exploring these questions.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Why we disagree about human nature.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017963189
(OCoLC)1017607051
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Hannon; Tim Lewens
ISBN: 9780192556783 0192556789 9780191862267 0191862266
OCLC Number: 1042074487
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 214 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The faces of human nature / Tim Lewens --
Doubling down on the nomological notion of human nature / Edouard Machery --
Trait bin and trait cluster accounts of human nature / Grant Ramsey --
A developmental systems account of human nature / Karola Stotz and Paul Griffiths --
Human nature, natural pedagogy, and evolutionary causal essentialism / Cecilia Heyes --
Human nature : a process perspective / John Dupré --
Sceptical reflections on human nature / Kim Sterelny --
The social construction of human nature / Kevin N. Laland and Gillian R. Brown --
The use and non-use of the human nature concept by evolutionary biologists / Peter J. Richerson --
Human ontogenies as historical processes : an anthropological perspective / Christina Toren --
Divide and conquer : the authority of nature and why we disagree about human nature / Maria Kronfeldner. Cover; Why We Disagree about Human Nature; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Contributors; Introduction: The Faces of Human Nature; Introduction; The Anti-Essentialist Consensus; The Taxonomic Case against Human Nature; The Field-Guide Conception; Three Roles for Human Nature; The Perils of Human Nature; What Lies Ahead; Machery; Ramsey; Stotz and Griffiths; Heyes; Dupré; Sterelny; Laland and Brown; Richerson; Toren; Kronfeldner; References; 1: Doubling Down on the Nomological Notion of Human Nature; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 The Nomological Notion of Human Nature 1.2.1 A scientifically respectable notion of human nature1.2.2 Two noteworthy features of the nomological account; 1.2.3 What can this notion do for us?; 1.2.4 Objections; 1.3 What Kind of Trait Belongs to Human Nature?; 1.3.1 Dispositions; 1.3.2 Broadening the nomological account; 1.3.3 From physiology to behaviour; 1.4 Why are Human-Nature Traits Typical?; 1.4.1 The vagueness of typicality; 1.4.2 The relativity of human nature; 1.4.3 Typicality versus distinctiveness; 1.4.4 Typicality versus demographics-specific traits; 1.5 Why are Human-Nature Traits Evolved? Part I 1.6 Why are Human-Nature Traits Evolved? Part II1.7 Conclusion; References; 2: Trait Bin and Trait Cluster Accounts of Human Nature; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The Trait Bin Account of Human Nature; 2.3 The Trait Cluster Account of Human Nature; 2.4 What is Human Nature Good For?; 2.4.1 Human nature as the subject of the human sciences; 2.4.2 What are humans like?; 2.4.3 Causally explaining human characteristics; 2.5 Conclusions; References; 3: A Developmental Systems Account of Human Nature; 3.1 Current State of the Debate; 3.2 The Folk-Biological Idea of Human Nature 3.3 Desiderata for an Account of Human Nature3.4 LTC and DST: Human Nature as Human Development; 3.5 The Developmental Systems Account of Human Nature; 3.6 A Distinctive Feature of the DS Account: Human Developmental Niche Construction; 3.7 Conclusion; References; 4: Human Nature, Natural Pedagogy, and Evolutionary Causal Essentialism; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Natural Pedagogy; 4.3 Imitation is not Enough; 4.4 Smart Thinking and Blind Trust; 4.5 Genetic Tweaking is a Powerful Sourceof Cognitive Change; 4.6 Evolutionary Causal Essentialism; 4.7 Conclusion; References 5: Human Nature: A Process Perspective5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Humans as Processes; 5.3 Process and Plasticity; 5.4 Individual Life Cycles and Lineages; 5.5 Learning; 5.6 Niche Construction; 5.7 Back to Human Nature; References; 6: Sceptical Reflections on Human Nature; 6.1 Hull's Challenge; 6.2 Human Nature Without Essentialism; 6.3 Human Nature as the X-Factor; 6.4 Possible and Plausible Worlds; 6.5 Norms and Natures; References; 7: The Social Construction of Human Nature; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Three Beleaguered Conceptions of Human Nature
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