Death, Hope and Sex: Steps to an Evolutionary Ecology of Mind and Morality

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Cambridge University Press, 02.09.1999 - 296 Seiten
By showing how and why human nature is what it is, evolutionary theory can help us see better what we need to do to improve the human condition. Following evolutionary theory to its logical conclusion, Death, Hope and Sex uses life history theory and attachment theory to construct a model of human nature in which critical features are understood in terms of the development of alternative reproductive strategies contingent on environmental risk and uncertainty. James Chisholm examines the implications of this model for perspectives on concerns associated with human reproduction, including teen pregnancy, and young male violence. He thus develops new approaches for thorny issues such as the nature-nurture and mind-body dichotomies. Bridging the gap between the social and biological sciences, this far-reaching volume will be a source of inspiration, debate and discussion for all those interested in the evolution of human nature and the potential for an evolutionary humanism.
 

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Evolution and explanation
1
Human nature and practical reason
2
Science and wisdom
6
Evolutionary epistemology
14
Evolution and development
28
developmental evolutionary ecology
35
adaptations for reducing uncertainty
61
The nature of value
77
Sex and uncertainty
149
Early stress
151
The Absent Father Syndrome
161
coercion
168
single mothering
178
Attachment and reproduction
197
The cost of continuing
203
Evolution and wellbeing
208

what is development for?
78
Attachment theory
95
Representing value
118
Detecting the future
120
Evaluating the future
135
Functions freedom and fitness
227
References
239
Index
276
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