Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World

3.5 avg rating
( 8 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780231171885: Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Beyond Biofatalism is a lively and penetrating response to the idea that evolutionary psychology reveals human beings to be incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalitarian society. Considering the pressures of climate change, unsustainable population growth, increasing income inequality, and religious extremism, this attitude promises to stifle the creative action we require before we even try to meet these threats.

Beyond Biofatalism provides the perspective we need to understand that better societies are not only possible but actively enabled by human nature. Gillian Barker appreciates the methods and findings of evolutionary psychologists, but she considers their work against a broader background to show human nature is surprisingly open to social change. Like other organisms, we possess an active plasticity that allows us to respond dramatically to certain kinds of environmental variation, and we engage in niche construction, modifying our environment to affect others and ourselves. Barker uses related research in social psychology, developmental biology, ecology, and economics to reinforce this view of evolved human nature, and philosophical exploration to reveal its broader implications. The result is an encouraging foundation on which to build better approaches to social, political, and other institutional changes that could enhance our well-being and chances for survival.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Book Description:

Beyond Biofatalism provides the perspective we need to understand that better societies are not only possible but actively enabled by human nature. Gillian Barker appreciates the methods and findings of evolutionary psychologists, but she considers their work against a broader background to show human nature is surprisingly open to social change. The result is an encouraging foundation on which to build better approaches to social, political, and other institutional changes.

About the Author:

Gillian Barker is assistant professor in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. She has also taught at Indiana University, Simon Fraser University, and Bucknell University. She is the author, with Philip Kitcher, of Philosophy of Science: A New Introduction, and editor, with Eric Desjardins and Trevor Pearce, of Entangled Life: Organism and Environment in the Biological and Social Sciences.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 35.00
US$ 27.79

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gillian Barker
Published by Columbia University Press, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, United States, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Beyond Biofatalism is a lively and penetrating response to the idea that evolutionary psychology reveals human beings to be incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalitarian society. Considering the pressures of climate change, unsustainable population growth, increasing income inequality, and religious extremism, this attitude promises to stifle the creative action we require before we even try to meet these threats. Beyond Biofatalism provides the perspective we need to understand that better societies are not only possible but actively enabled by human nature. Gillian Barker appreciates the methods and findings of evolutionary psychologists, but she considers their work against a broader background to show human nature is surprisingly open to social change. Like other organisms, we possess an active plasticity that allows us to respond dramatically to certain kinds of environmental variation, and we engage in niche construction, modifying our environment to affect others and ourselves. Barker uses related research in social psychology, developmental biology, ecology, and economics to reinforce this view of evolved human nature, and philosophical exploration to reveal its broader implications. The result is an encouraging foundation on which to build better approaches to social, political, and other institutional changes that could enhance our well-being and chances for survival. Seller Inventory # LIB9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Gillian Barker
Published by Columbia University Press, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, United States, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Beyond Biofatalism is a lively and penetrating response to the idea that evolutionary psychology reveals human beings to be incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalitarian society. Considering the pressures of climate change, unsustainable population growth, increasing income inequality, and religious extremism, this attitude promises to stifle the creative action we require before we even try to meet these threats. Beyond Biofatalism provides the perspective we need to understand that better societies are not only possible but actively enabled by human nature. Gillian Barker appreciates the methods and findings of evolutionary psychologists, but she considers their work against a broader background to show human nature is surprisingly open to social change. Like other organisms, we possess an active plasticity that allows us to respond dramatically to certain kinds of environmental variation, and we engage in niche construction, modifying our environment to affect others and ourselves. Barker uses related research in social psychology, developmental biology, ecology, and economics to reinforce this view of evolved human nature, and philosophical exploration to reveal its broader implications. The result is an encouraging foundation on which to build better approaches to social, political, and other institutional changes that could enhance our well-being and chances for survival. Seller Inventory # LIB9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Barker, Gillian
Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
PLANET BOOKS
(WELLINGTON, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0231171889 BRAND NEW. GIFT QUALITY!. Seller Inventory # 56.C85

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Gillian Barker
Published by Columbia Univers. Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia Univers. Press, 2015. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # L9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.61
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.21
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Barker, Gillian
Published by Columbia University Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, 2015. HRD. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # WI-9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.84
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.90
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Gillian Barker (author)
Published by Columbia University Press 2015-10-13, New York (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press 2015-10-13, New York, 2015. hardback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Gillian Barker
Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press. Hardback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.18
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Gillian Barker
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Beyond Biofatalism is a lively and penetrating response to the idea that evolutionary psychology reveals human beings to be incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalita.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 176 pages. 0.295. Seller Inventory # 9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 41.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Gillian Barker
Published by Columbia Univers. Press Okt 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia Univers. Press Okt 2015, 2015. Buch. Condition: Neu. Neuware - Beyond Biofatalism is a spirited response to the pessimism of mainstream evolutionary psychology, which argues that human beings are incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalitarian society. Considering the pressures of climate change, unsustainable population growth, increasing income inequality, and religious extremism, this attitude promises to bury us before we even try to meet these threats. Beyond Biofatalism provides the perspective we need to understand that better societies are not only possible but actively enabled by human nature. 162 pp. Englisch. Seller Inventory # 9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.48
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 14.01
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Gillian Barker
Published by Columbia University Press, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0231171889 ISBN 13: 9780231171885
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Columbia University Press, United States, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Beyond Biofatalism is a lively and penetrating response to the idea that evolutionary psychology reveals human beings to be incapable of building a more inclusive, cooperative, and egalitarian society. Considering the pressures of climate change, unsustainable population growth, increasing income inequality, and religious extremism, this attitude promises to stifle the creative action we require before we even try to meet these threats. Beyond Biofatalism provides the perspective we need to understand that better societies are not only possible but actively enabled by human nature. Gillian Barker appreciates the methods and findings of evolutionary psychologists, but she considers their work against a broader background to show human nature is surprisingly open to social change. Like other organisms, we possess an active plasticity that allows us to respond dramatically to certain kinds of environmental variation, and we engage in niche construction, modifying our environment to affect others and ourselves. Barker uses related research in social psychology, developmental biology, ecology, and economics to reinforce this view of evolved human nature, and philosophical exploration to reveal its broader implications. The result is an encouraging foundation on which to build better approaches to social, political, and other institutional changes that could enhance our well-being and chances for survival. Seller Inventory # BTE9780231171885

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 44.61
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book