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When will a Darwinian approach be useful for the study of society?

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In recent years, some have claimed that a Darwinian perspective will revolutionize the study of human society and culture. This project is viewed with disdain and suspicion, on the other hand, by many practicing social scientists. This article seeks to clear the air in this heated debate by dissociating two claims that are too often assumed to be inseparable. The first is the ‘ontological’ claim that Darwinian principles apply, at some level of abstraction, to human society and culture. The s...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Journal:
Politics, Philosophy & Economics More from this journal
Volume:
16
Issue:
3
Pages:
259-281
Publication date:
2017-01-10
Acceptance date:
2016-10-12
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EISSN:
1741-3060
ISSN:
1470-594X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1088767
Local pid:
pubs:1088767
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2020-02-24

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