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

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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.

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"I warmly welcome this new edition. The author has expanded and updated the content and scope and I am delighted to see that he has maintained the critical approach so important in the first edition. The expansion of the old material and inclusion of newer material means that this text will form a good 'fit' to any of the numerous evolutionary courses now on offer, whether as undergraduate options, or for more advanced master's programs." Nick Neave , Reader,Division of Psychology, Northumbria University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262533041
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 394
  • Sales rank: 931,143
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cartwright is Senior Lecturer and teaching fellow at the University of Chester, where he teaches courses on evolutionary psychology, genetics and evolution, and animal behavior.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I Fundamentals of the Evolutionary Approach 1

1 Historical Introduction: Evolution and Theories of Mind and Behaviour, Darwin and After 3

2 Darwinism, Inclusive Fitness and the Selfish Gene 30

3 Sex, Sexual Selection and Life History Theory 51

4 Foundations of Darwinian Psychology 79

Pt. II Human Evolution and its Consequences 93

5 The Evolution of Homo Sapiens 95

6 Encephalisation and the Emergence of the Human Mind 115

Pt. III Cognition and Emotion 45

7 Modularity, Cognition and Reasoning 147

8 Emotions 171

Pt. IV Cooperation and Conflict 189

9 Kin Selection and Altruism 191

10 Conflict Within Families and Other Groups 211

Pt. V Mating and Mate Choice 229

11 Human Sexual Behaviour: Mating Systems and Mating Strategies 231

12 Human Mate Choice: the Evolutionary Logic of Sexual Desire 247

13 Incest Avoidance and the Westermarck Effect 271

Pt. VI The Disordered Mind 285

14 Mental Disorders: Some Theoretical Approaches 287

15 Mental Disorders: Some Case Studies 305

Pt. VII Wider Contexts 325

16 The Evolution of Culture: Genes and Memes 327

17 Ethics 343

Epilogue: The Use and Abuse of Evolutionary Theory 361

Glossary 376

Bibliography 387

Index 411

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