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In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought / Edition 1
     

In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought / Edition 1

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by Carl N. Degler
 

ISBN-10: 0195077075

ISBN-13: 9780195077070

Pub. Date: 11/05/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1972, Degler is a past president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. Here he turns to his largest subject yet, a sweeping history of the impact of Darwinism on our understanding of human nature.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1972, Degler is a past president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. Here he turns to his largest subject yet, a sweeping history of the impact of Darwinism on our understanding of human nature.

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ISBN-13:
9780195077070
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/05/1992
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.94(w) x 5.88(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

I.Biology Acknowledged
1.Invoking the Darwinian Imperative3
2.Beyond the Darwinian Imperative32
II.The Sovereignty of Culture
3.Laying the Foundation59
4.In the Wake of Boas84
5.Does Sex Tell Us Anything?105
6.Decoupling Behavior from Nature139
7.Decoupling Intelligence from Race167
8.Why Did Culture Triumph?187
III.Remembering Darwin
9.Biology Redivivus215
10.The Case of the Origin of the Incest Taboo245
11.The Uses of Biology270
12.Biology and the Nature of Females293
13.The Uses and Misuses of Evolutionary Theory in Social Science310
Epilogue: Beyond Social Science329
Notes351
Index385

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In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great contribution to the evolution of the nature versus nurture debate, this book traces the history of the effect of Darwin's ideas on our view of human nature, through much of the 20th century. In doing so, Degler describes some unpleasant aspects of Darwin's ideas and writings that can really only be described as racist and sexist, and I'll spare you the details. For the most part, this is simply a very well written historical account of the social aspects of Darwinian thought, that objectively describes the main ideas of the prominent thinkers, including John Searle, who have contributed to the debate. A lot of emphasis is placed on the relationship between man and the so-called lower animals. Not written with an axe to grind, it's a pleasure to read. Incidentally, Steven Pinker has recently put in his two cents with The Blank Slate.
PIGEONPIE More than 1 year ago
PICKED THIS OFF A REMAINDER TABLE--WHAT A BUY!  HE TRACES THE HISTORY OF "MANUFACTURE CONSENT" FROM IT ORIGIN IN EUGENICS, TO AFTER WWII ITS NAME WAS CHANGED TO BEHAVIOR PSYCHOLOGY AND TODAY IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS MOTIVATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY.  I DON'T KNOW WHEN I STARTED REFERRING TO MY COUNTRY AND USA, INC BUT DEGLER SUPPORTS MY CLAIM.  THOSE THINGS WE CONSIDER COMMON SENSE OR PART OF THE AMERICAN FIBER HANDED DOWN TO US FROM OUR COLONIAL ANCESTOR IS NOTHING BUT AN ENDLESS STREAMS OF FACTOIDS..  EVERYTHING WE HOLD NEAR AND DEAR WAS MANUFACTURED BY SOME PSYCHOLOGIST IN ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.  IT IS A LIE THAT DIVIDES AMERICANS AND MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR AN AMERICAN TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM WITHOUT BEING OSTRACIZED.  BY THE LAST PAGE I WAS REALLY ANGRY REALIZING THAT EVERYTHING A POLITICIAN OR EXECUTIVE DID OR SAID WAS CALCULATED FOR ITS EFFECT.  IT IS A MUST READ TO NAVIGATE TODAY'S WORLD OF SMOKE AND MIRRORS.