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Why We Disagree About Human Nature

Elizabeth Hannon and Tim Lewens


Is human nature something that the natural and social sciences aim to describe, or is it a pernicious fiction? What role, if any, does ‘human nature’ play in directing and informing scientific work? Can we talk about human nature without invoking—either implicitly or explicitly—a contrast with human culture? It might be tempting to think that the respectability of ‘human nature’ is an issue that divides natural and social scientists along disciplinary boundaries, but the truth is more complex. The contributors to this collection take very different stances with regard to the idea of human natu ... More

Keywords: human nature, culture, natural science, social science, anthropology, psychology, evolutionary biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823650
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Hannon, editor
Director of the Forum, LSE

Tim Lewens, editor
Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge