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Making Sense of Heritability : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology - Neven Sesardic

Making Sense of Heritability

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology


Published: 27th October 2011
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In this 2005 book, Neven Sesardic defends the view that it is both possible and useful to measure the separate contributions of heredity and environment to the explanation of human psychological differences. He critically examines the view - very widely accepted by scientists, social scientists and philosophers of science - that heritability estimates have no causal implications and are devoid of any interest. In a series of clearly written chapters he introduces the reader to the problems and subjects the arguments to close philosophical scrutiny. His conclusion is that anti-heritability arguments are based on conceptual confusions and misunderstandings of behavioural genetics. His book is a fresh and compelling intervention in a very contentious debate.

"This si an intelligent book that addresses one of the most controversial and emotional debates that has occurred in psychology over the last half of the 20th century." - David A. Mrazek, PsycCritiques

The nature-nurture debate: a premature burial?
A tangle of interactions: separating genetic and environmental influences
Lost in correlations? Direct and indirect genetic causes
From individuals to groups: genetics and race
Genes and malleability
Science and sensitivity
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ISBN: 9780521173339
ISBN-10: 0521173337
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 27th October 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42