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What's Left of Human Nature?: A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept

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2019.07.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Maria Kronfeldner, What's Left of Human Nature?: A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept, MIT Press, 2018, $45.00 (hbk), 301pp., ISBN 9780262038416. Reviewed by Phillip Honenberger, University of Nevada, Las Vegas In 1986, philosopher of biology David Hull initiated a new phase of discussion about human nature among philosophers of science (Hull 1986). Maria Kronfeldner's book masterfully engages and reorients the post-Hull treatment of this issue. She begins from the widely accepted view that many features of traditional concepts of human nature are non-starters. Biology since Darwin has steadily delivered reasons to reject many traditional theses about human nature, including: All humans have a common intrinsic essence, a human "nature" that explains why they behave and function as they do. There are some features of behavior or physiology that are universal to, and unique to, humans (or, "necessary... Read More

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