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Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century : Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology (Paperback) - Aaron Gillette

Eugenics and the Nature-Nurture Debate in the Twentieth Century

Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 18th January 2011
ISBN: 9780230108455
Number Of Pages: 239

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This groundbreaking study shows that sociobiology and evolutionary psychology were undergoing rapid development in the early twentieth century, at a time when many of the early researchers in these sciences were also eugenicists. Aaron Gillette tracks the developments in these fields and explains how, with the rise of behaviorism and the reaction against eugenics in the 1930s, any scientific claims that behavior might be influenced by heredity were subsequently suppressed for ideological reasons.

"Gillette covers a development in intellectual history that, I believe, was formative in generating today's conventional wisdom about human nature, yet has scarcely been treated by historians of science. The book is well written and researched, and brings interesting new facts to light."

- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard, and author of The Stuff of Thought

"In this book, Gillette conclusively demonstrates that the sociobiological revolution of the late 20th century was not nearly as revolutionary as most think. Anticipating the work of E. O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, Robert Trivers, and others by half a century, the work of early 20th-century evolutionary psychologists nevertheless fell into obscurity for several reasons, not the least of which was its taint by association with the eugenics movement. This is a volume that will be of great use not just to students of the histories of psychology and eugenics, but also to those interested in the philosophy and sociology of science." - Kevin Kern, University of Akron

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Rebirth of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
Foundations for a "New" Synthesisp. 23
Recent Studies on Human Sexualityp. 29
The Birth of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
The Animal Nature of Humansp. 43
Earlier Studies on Human Sexualityp. 65
Evolution, Ethics, and Culturep. 101
The Death of Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
The Rise of Environmental Behaviorismp. 113
Evolutionary Psychology under Attackp. 129
The Death of Evolutionary Psychologyp. 145
Lost in the Wildernessp. 167
Conclusionp. 173
List of Abbreviationsp. 179
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780230108455
ISBN-10: 0230108458
Series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 18th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1