On Human Nature: With a new Preface, Revised Edition / Edition 25

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Overview

View a collection of videos on Professor Wilson entitled "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities"

In his new preface E. O. Wilson reflects on how he came to write this book: how The Insect Societies led him to write Sociobiology, and how the political and religious uproar that engulfed that book persuaded him to write another book that would better explain the relevance of biology to the understanding of human behavior.

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Wilson is a sophisticated and marvelously humane writer. His vision is a liberating one, and a reader of this splendid book comes away with a sense of the kinship that exists among the people, animals, and insects that share the planet.
Bookwatch
A seminal, groundbreaking, informative, thought-provoking, enduringly valuable, and highly recommended read.
New Republic

A work of high intellectual daring...Here is an accomplished biologist explaining, in notably clear and unprevaricating language, what he thinks his subject now has to offer to the understanding of man and society...The implications of Wilson's thesis are rather considerable, for if true, no system of political, social, religious or ethical thought can afford to ignore it.
— Nicholas Wade

The Observer

Twenty-five years after its first publication, Harvard University Press has re-released Edward O. Wilson's classic work, On Human Nature. A double Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson is a writer of effortless grace and stylish succinctness and this is one of his finest, most important books...[A] highly influential, elegantly written book.
— Robin McKie

Washington Post Book World

Compellingly interesting and enormously important...The most stimulating, the most provocative, and the most illuminating work of nonfiction I have read in some time.
— William McPherson

The Observer - Robin McKie
Twenty-five years after its first publication, Harvard University Press has re-released Edward O. Wilson's classic work, On Human Nature. A double Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson is a writer of effortless grace and stylish succinctness and this is one of his finest, most important books...[A] highly influential, elegantly written book.
Washington Post Book World - William McPherson
Compellingly interesting and enormously important...The most stimulating, the most provocative, and the most illuminating work of nonfiction I have read in some time.
New Republic - Nicholas Wade
A work of high intellectual daring...Here is an accomplished biologist explaining, in notably clear and unprevaricating language, what he thinks his subject now has to offer to the understanding of man and society...The implications of Wilson's thesis are rather considerable, for if true, no system of political, social, religious or ethical thought can afford to ignore it.
New Republic
A work of high intellectual daring...Here is an accomplished biologist explaining, in notably clear and unprevaricating language, what he thinks his subject now has to offer to the understanding of man and society...The implications of Wilson's thesis are rather considerable, for if true, no system of political, social, religious or ethical thought can afford to ignore it.
— Nicholas Wade
The Observer
Twenty-five years after its first publication, Harvard University Press has re-released Edward O. Wilson's classic work, On Human Nature. A double Pulitzer Prize winner, Wilson is a writer of effortless grace and stylish succinctness and this is one of his finest, most important books...[A] highly influential, elegantly written book.
— Robin McKie
Washington Post Book World
Compellingly interesting and enormously important...The most stimulating, the most provocative, and the most illuminating work of nonfiction I have read in some time.
— William McPherson
Nicholas Wade
A work of high intellectual daring…Here is an accomplished biologist explaining, in notably clear and unprevaricating language, what he thinks his subject now has to offer to the understanding of man and society.
The New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674016385
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 302,321
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor, Emeritus, at Harvard University. In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes (one of which he shares with Bert Hölldobler), Wilson has won many scientific awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Dilemma 1
Ch. 2 Heredity 15
Ch. 3 Development 53
Ch. 4 Emergence 71
Ch. 5 Aggression 99
Ch. 6 Sex 121
Ch. 7 Altruism 149
Ch. 8 Religion 169
Ch. 9 Hope 195
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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    Profound Objective Analysis

    There has always been a polarity between science and religion. I say that this work is as profound a scientific analysis of divine handiwork that ever was. Insulting this objective analysis of divine handiwork seems to me an insult of divinity itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    I am not a bug!

    Typical 'crap' about how human beings are just bugs with bigger brains and that there is no free will nor rational altruism!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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