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Why We Disagree About Human Nature

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2019.05.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Elizabeth Hannon and Tim Lewens (eds.), Why We Disagree About Human Nature, Oxford University Press, 2018, 214pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198823650. Reviewed by Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen Why are scientists and philosophers so unable to let go of the concept of human nature? They have shown, repeatedly, why there can be no such thing, how the idea of a universal essence at the core of our humanity flies in the face of what we know of the evolution of species, our own included, namely that it depends on a variability intrinsic to all living organisms. Yet here are a bunch of philosophers and scientists still arguing about it. Half are for, half against, yet all are broadly agreed on the rejection of any strong form of essentialism. No single paper is cited more often in this volume than an essay, 'On human nature', published by the philosopher... Read More

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