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Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism

Authors: Kaufman, Whitley R.P.

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 This book compares two competing theories of human nature: the more traditional theory espoused in different forms by centuries of western philosophy and the newer, Darwinian model.  In the traditional view, the human being is a hybrid being, with a lower, animal nature and a higher, rational or “spiritual” component. The competing Darwinian account does away with the idea of a higher nature and attempts to provide a complete reduction of human nature to the evolutionary goals of survival and reproduction.  Whitley Kaufman presents the case that the traditional conception, regardless of one's religious views or other beliefs, provides a superior account of human nature and culture. We are animals, but we are also rational animals. 

Kaufman explores the most fundamental philosophical questions as they relate to this debate over human nature—for example: Is free will an illusion? Is morality a product of evolution, with no objective basis?  Is reason merely a tool for promoting reproductive success?  Is art an adaptation for attracting mates? Is there any higher meaning or purpose to human life? Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism aims to assess the competing views of human nature and present a clear account of the issues on this most pressing of questions.  It engages in a close analysis of the numerous recent attempts to explain all human aims in terms of Darwinian processes and presents the arguments in support of the traditional conception of human nature.

About the authors

 Whitley R.P. Kaufman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA. He is the author of two previous books, Justified Killing: The Paradox of Self-Defense and Honor and Revenge: A Theory of Punishment, as well as numerous articles on ethics, Just War theory, and law.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Bridging the Two Cultures

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 1-23

  • The Traditional Theory of Human Nature

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 25-47

  • Does Science Refute Free Will?

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 49-66

  • Reason, Truth, and Evolution

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 67-87

  • Does Science Undermine Morality?

    Kaufman, Whitley R. P.

    Pages 89-109

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59288-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59288-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59288-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59287-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95514-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 222
Topics