The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit / Edition 2

The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit / Edition 2

by Melvin Konner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805072799

ISBN-13: 9780805072792

Pub. Date: 01/08/2003

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

A vital updating of a seminal work of science
First published to great acclaim twenty years ago, The Tangled Wing has become required reading for anyone interested in the biological roots of human behavior. Since then, revolutions have taken place in genetics, molecular biology, and neuroscience. All of these innovations have been brought into

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A vital updating of a seminal work of science
First published to great acclaim twenty years ago, The Tangled Wing has become required reading for anyone interested in the biological roots of human behavior. Since then, revolutions have taken place in genetics, molecular biology, and neuroscience. All of these innovations have been brought into account in this greatly expanded edition of a book originally called an "overwhelming achievement" by The Times Literary Supplement.
A masterful synthesis of biology, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, The Tangled Wing reveals human identity and activity to be an intricately woven fabric of innumerable factors. Melvin Konner's sensitive and straightforward discussion ranges across topics such as the roots of aggression, the basis of attachment and desire, the differences between the sexes, and the foundations of mental illness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805072792
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/08/2003
Edition description:
Revised and Updated
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
1,262,836
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
A Prefatory Inquiryxiii
Part 1Foundations of a Science of Human Nature
Chapter 1The Quest for the Natural3
Chapter 2Adaptation11
Chapter 3The Crucible29
Chapter 4The Fabric of Meaning54
Chapter 5The Several Humours71
Chapter 6The Beast with Two Backs91
Chapter 7The Well of Feeling120
Chapter 8Logos145
Part 2Of Human Frailty
Chapter 9Rage175
Chapter 10Fear204
Chapter 11Joy236
Chapter 12Lust259
Chapter 13Love297
Chapter 14Grief337
Chapter 15Gluttony376
Part 3The Modification of Behavior
Chapter 16Change405
Chapter 17The Invisible Galaxy434
Part 4Human Nature and the Human Future
Chapter 18The Prospect467
Part 5The Tangled Wing
Chapter 19The Dawn of Wonder485

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