Evolutionary Psychology

Authored by: Stephen M. Downes

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138825758
eBook ISBN: 9781315410098
Adobe ISBN: 9781315410081


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Evolutionary psychology is a research program in the social sciences that explains human behavior in terms of evolved mechanisms that underlie the relevant behavior. Evolutionary psychologists aim to account for a large range of human behavior in this way, ranging from the choice of sexual partners, parenting and violent conflict between individuals to social organization, cultural practices and the production and use of artifacts. Evolutionary psychologists present their approach as a necessary one for the social and behavioral sciences and often support the stronger view that their approach should supplant other social science research programs (cf. Rosenberg 1980 on sociobiology).

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