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Beyond BiofatalismHuman Nature for an Evolving World$
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Gillian Barker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171885

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171885.001.0001

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Human Nature and the Limits of Human Possibility

Human Nature and the Limits of Human Possibility

(p.1) [ 1 ] Human Nature and the Limits of Human Possibility
Beyond Biofatalism

Gillian Barker

Columbia University Press

Evolutionary psychologists have argued that evolved human nature sets strict limits on what kinds of human society are possible--in particular, that attempts to overcome racism, gender inequity, social inequality, and violence are bound to fail and should be given up. This book will counter their claims, arguing that these thinkers are drawing on unstated and questionable assumptions about both facts and values in reaching their conclusions, and that recent results from evolutionary biology, developmental biology and social psychology support a revised view of human nature that permits much greater optimism about the prospects for social change.

Keywords:   evolutionary psychology, social progress, gender equality, sex differences, human nature, utopianism

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