Cultural Evolution Conceptual Challenges

Auteur: Tim Lewens
Taal: Engels
Cultural Evolution

Uitgever: Oxford University Press

Auteur: Tim Lewens
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780198801191
  • augustus 2017
  • 216 pagina's
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Tim Lewens aims to understand what it means to take an evolutionary approach to cultural change, and why it is that this approach is often treated with suspicion. Convinced of the exceptional power of natural selection, many thinkers--typically working in biological anthropology, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary biology--have suggested it should be freed from the confines of biology, and applied to cultural change in humans and other animals. At the same time, others-typically with backgrounds in disciplines like social anthropology and history-have been just as vocal in dismissing the evolutionary approach to culture. What drives these disputes over Darwinism in the social sciences?
While making a case for the value of evolutionary thinking for students of culture, Lewens shows why the concerns of sceptics should not dismissed as mere prejudice, confusion, or ignorance. Indeed, confusions about what evolutionary approaches entail are propagated by their proponents, as well as by their detractors. By taking seriously the problems faced by these approaches to culture, Lewens shows how such approaches can be better formulated, where their most significant limitations lie, and how the tools of cultural evolutionary thinking might become more widely accepted.

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lucid and engaging . . . Well-informed about both cultural evolutionary theory and the objections raised against it, Lewens plays the role of an honest broker. * Cecilia Heyes, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science * This wide ranging and clearly written book offers a comprehensive review of CET and exhorts us to see beyond the dichotomous distinctions between nature and culture, biology and culture and the universal and the cultural to 'show how the natural and social sciences might ultimately be knitted back together'. * British Society of Literature and Science * Lewens' work greatly contributes to develop a renewed, more mature, debate on the nature of cultural evolution and, I believe, will stimulate more scholars to take part in it. * Lorenzo Baravalle, Science and Education *

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augustus 2017
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216 pagina's
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Tim Lewens
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Oxford University Press

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9780198801191

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Conceptual Challenges
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