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Darwin's Psychology

Ben Bradley


Darwin has long been hailed as forefather to behavioural science, and even more so nowadays, with the growing popularity of evolutionary psychologies. This is the first book to examine Darwin’s own extensive writings about psychological matters. It finds that Darwin’s fulcrum was the agency of living creatures—both in his psychology and in his theory of evolution. A careful reading of Darwin’s writings on topics from climbing plants to babies shows that no individual-based theory of evolution can explain everything about human action. The interpersonal domain, group-life and culture, are also ... More

Keywords: agency, sexual desire, emotional expressions, conscience, infancy, phenotype-led evolution, interdependence, social animals, evolutionary psychology, extended evolutionary synthesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198708216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198708216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Bradley, author
Professor Emeritus, Charles Sturt University