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Author Greenwood, Davydd J.

Title The taming of evolution : the persistence of nonevolutionary views in the study of humans / by Davydd J. Greenwood.

Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1984.


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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-220) and index.
Contents Introduction : the Darwinian revolution? -- I. Major western views of nature -- 1. Humoral/environmental theories and the chain of being -- 2. Evolving natural categories : Darwin's unique legacy -- II. Simple continuities -- 3. Humoral politics : races, constitutional types, and ethnic and national character -- III. Complex continuities -- 4. Purity of blood and social hierarchy -- 5. An enlightenment humoralist : Don Diego de Torres Villarroel -- 6. Human sociobiology -- 7. Cultural materialism -- Conclusion : the unmet challenges of evolutionary biology.
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Summary The theory of evolution has clearly altered our views of the biological world, but in the study of human beings, evolutionary and preevolutionary views continue to coexist in a state of perpetual tension. The Taming of Evolution addresses the questions of how and why this is so. Davydd Greenwood offers a sustained critique of the nature/nurture debate, revealing the complexity of the relationship between science and ideology. He maintains that popular contemporary theories, most notably E. O. Wilson's human sociobiology and Marvin Harris's cultural materialism, represent pre-Darwinian notions overlaid by elaborate evolutionary terminology. Greenwood first details the humoral-environmental and Great Chain of Being theories that dominated Western thinking before Darwin. He systematically compares these ideas with those later influenced by Darwin's theories, illuminating the surprising continuities between them. Greenwood suggests that it would be neither difficult nor socially dangerous to develop a genuinely evolutionary understanding of human beings, so long as we realized that we could not derive political and moral standards from the study of biological processes.
Subject Human evolution.
Nature and nurture.
Physical anthropology -- Philosophy.
Biological Evolution.
Homme -- Évolution.
Hérédité et milieu.
Anthropologie physique -- Philosophie.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Human evolution. (OCoLC)fst00963030
Nature and nurture. (OCoLC)fst01034619
Physical anthropology -- Philosophy. (OCoLC)fst01062362
Sociobiology. (OCoLC)fst01123838
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Greenwood, Davydd J. Taming of evolution. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1984 (DLC) 84045147 (OCoLC)10850381
ISBN 9781501719936 (electronic bk.)
1501719939 (electronic bk.)
0801417430 (alk. paper)
9780801417436 (alk. paper)
0801419883 (print)

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