Ramsey, Grant (2012) Human nature in a post-essentialist world. In:  Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.
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In this paper I examine a well-known articulation of the skeptical view of human nature, a paper by Hull (1986). I then review a recent reply to Hull by Machery (2008). I show that Machery’s account of human nature is not very useful and is scientifically suspect. Finally, I introduce an alternative account of human nature—the “life-history trait cluster” conception of human nature—which I hold is scientifically sound, pragmatically useful, and makes sense of (at least some of) our intuitions about human (or, more generally, species) nature.
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|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Keywords:||human nature; essentialism; species|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Anthropology|
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers|
|Depositing User:||Dr. Grant Ramsey|
|Date Deposited:||06 Nov 2012 18:46|
|Last Modified:||06 Nov 2012 18:46|
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