Making Sense of Heritability

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In this book, Neven Sesardic defends the view that it is both possible and useful to measure the separate contributions of heredity and environment to the explanation of human psychological differences. He critically examines the view - very widely accepted by scientists, social scientists, and philosophers of science - that heritability estimates have no causal implications and are devoid of any interest. In a series of clearly written chapters he introduces the reader to the problems, and subjects the arguments to close philosophical scrutiny. His conclusion is that anti-heritability arguments are based on conceptual confusions and misunderstandings of behavioral genetics.
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"This si an intelligent book that addresses one of the most controversial and emotional debates that has occurred in psychology over the last half of the 20th century." - David A. Mrazek, PsycCritiques
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Meet the Author

Neven Sesardic is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. His areas of specialisation are philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind.

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Table of Contents

1 The nature-nurture debate : a premature burial? 11
2 A tangle of interactions : separating genetic and environmental influences 48
3 Lost in correlations? : direct and indirect genetic causes 89
4 From individuals to groups : genetics and race 127
5 Genes and malleability 153
6 Science and sensitivity 183
7 Conclusion 229
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