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

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

by Carl N. Degler

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195063806
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/18/1991
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

Carl N. Degler is Margaret Byrne Professor of American History Emeritus at Stanford University.

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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