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Evolution and Human Behavior: Darwinian Perspectives on Human Nature



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Evolutionary psychology occupies an important place in the drive to understand and explain human behavior. Darwinian ideas provide powerful tools to illuminate how fundamental aspects of the way humans think, feel, and interact derive from reproductive interests and an ultimate need for survival. In this updated and expanded edition of Evolution and Human Behavior,John Cartwright considers the emergence of Homo sapiensas a species and looks at contemporary issues, such as familial relationships and conflict and cooperation, in light of key theoretical principles. The book covers basic concepts including natural and sexual selection, life history theory, and the fundamentals of genetics. New material will be found in chapters on emotion, culture, incest avoidance, ethics, and cognition and reasoning. Two new chapters are devoted to the evolutionary analysis of mental disorders. Students of psychology, human biology, and physical and cultural anthropology will find Evolution and Human Behaviora comprehensive textbook of great value. A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

Fundamentals of the Evolutionary Approach
Historical Introduction
Evolution and Theories of Mind and Behavior, Darwin and After
Darwinism, Inclusive Fitness and the Selfish Gene
Sex, Sexual Selection and Life History Theory
Foundations of Darwinian Psychology
Human Evolution and its Consequences
The Evolution of Homo Sapiens
Encephalization and the Emergence of the Human Mind
Cognition and Emotion
Modularity, Cognition and Reasoning
Cooperation and Conflict
Kin Selection and Altruism
Conflict Within Families and Other Groups
Mating and Mate Choice
Human Sexual Behavior
Mating Systems and Mating Strategies
Human Mate Choice
The Evolutionary Logic of Sexual Desire
Incest Avoidance and the Westermarck Effect
The Disordered Mind
Mental Disorders
Some Theoretical Approaches
Mental Disorders
Some Case Studies
Wider Contexts
The Evolution of Culture
Genes and Memes
Epilogue: The Use and Abuse of Evolutionary Theory
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