Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature / Edition 2

Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature / Edition 2

by John Cartwright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262533049

ISBN-13: 9780262533041

Pub. Date: 07/31/2008

Publisher: MIT Press

Evolutionary psychology occupies an important place in the drive to understand and explain human behavior. Darwinian ideas provide powerful tools to illuminate how fundamental aspects of the way humans think, feel, and interact derive from reproductive interests and an ultimate need for survival. In this updated and expanded edition of Evolution and Human

Overview

Evolutionary psychology occupies an important place in the drive to understand and explain human behavior. Darwinian ideas provide powerful tools to illuminate how fundamental aspects of the way humans think, feel, and interact derive from reproductive interests and an ultimate need for survival. In this updated and expanded edition of Evolution and Human Behavior,
John Cartwright considers the emergence of Homo sapiens as a species and looks at contemporary issues, such as familial relationships and conflict and cooperation, in light of key theoretical principles. The book covers basic concepts including natural and sexual selection, life history theory, and the fundamentals of genetics.
New material will be found in chapters on emotion, culture, incest avoidance,
ethics, and cognition and reasoning. Two new chapters are devoted to the evolutionary analysis of mental disorders. Students of psychology, human biology,
and physical and cultural anthropology will find Evolution and Human
Behavior
a comprehensive textbook of great value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262533041
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
394
Sales rank:
666,946
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Fundamentals of the Evolutionary Approach     1
Historical Introduction: Evolution and Theories of Mind and Behaviour, Darwin and After     3
Darwinism, Inclusive Fitness and the Selfish Gene     30
Sex, Sexual Selection and Life History Theory     51
Foundations of Darwinian Psychology     79
Human Evolution and its Consequences     93
The Evolution of Homo Sapiens     95
Encephalisation and the Emergence of the Human Mind     115
Cognition and Emotion     145
Modularity, Cognition and Reasoning     147
Emotions     171
Cooperation and Conflict     189
Kin Selection and Altruism     191
Conflict Within Families and Other Groups     211
Mating and Mate Choice     229
Human Sexual Behaviour: Mating Systems and Mating Strategies     231
Human Mate Choice: the Evolutionary Logic of Sexual Desire     247
Incest Avoidance and the Westermarck Effect     271
The Disordered Mind     285
Mental Disorders: Some Theoretical Approaches     287
Mental Disorders: Some Case Studies     305
Wider Contexts     325
The Evolution of Culture: Genes and Memes     327
Ethics     343
Epilogue: The Use and Abuse of Evolutionary Theory     361
Glossary     376
Bibliography     387
Index     411

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