By Whitley R.P. Kaufman
This booklet compares competing theories of human nature: the extra conventional concept espoused in numerous kinds via centuries of western philosophy and the more moderen, Darwinian model. within the conventional view, the person is a hybrid being, with a reduce, animal nature and a better, rational or “spiritual” part. The competing Darwinian account does away with the belief of a better nature and makes an attempt to supply a whole relief of human nature to the evolutionary ambitions of survival and reproduction. Whitley Kaufman provides the case that the normal perception, despite one's non secular perspectives or different ideals, offers a high-quality account of human nature and tradition. we're animals, yet we're additionally rational animals.
Kaufman explores the main basic philosophical questions as they relate to this debate over human nature—for instance: Is loose will an phantasm? Is morality a made of evolution, with out goal basis? Is cause only a device for selling reproductive success? Is paintings an variation for attracting pals? Is there any greater which means or function to human existence? Human Nature and the boundaries of Darwinism goals to evaluate the competing perspectives of human nature and current a transparent account of the problems on this such a lot urgent of questions. It engages in an in depth research of the varied fresh makes an attempt to give an explanation for all human goals by way of Darwinian techniques and offers the arguments in aid of the conventional belief of human nature.
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Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism by Whitley R.P. Kaufman