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In Search of Human Nature: The Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought

Carl N. Degler


Giving an historical perspective on the changes in scientific thought over the last 100 years, this book explores the study of social evolution and the ongoing search for human nature. The book provides a detailed perspective on the reasons behind the shifting emphasis in social thought from biology, to culture, and again to biology. The book examines why these changes took place, the evidence and people fostering these changes and why students of human nature decided to accept this momentous change in thought. It suggests varying ideologies as the underlying force behind this shift in the stu ... More

Keywords: historical perspective, social evolution, human nature, social thought, biology, culture, Darwin, animals, human experience, human behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780195077070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl N. Degler, author
Stanford University