Human kinds and biological kinds: Some similarities and differences

Philosophy of Science 71 (5):892-900 (2004)

Abstract

This paper compares human diversity with biological diversity generally. Drawing on the pluralistic perspective on biological species defended in earlier work (2002, chs. 3 and 4), I argue that there are useful parallels to be drawn between human and animal kinds, as there are between their respective sources in cultural evolution and evolution generally. This view is developed in opposition to the insistence by sociobiologists and their successors on minimizing the significance of culture. The paper concludes with a discussion of the relation between cultural difference and individual difference, and the relation of the latter to conceptions of human freedom.

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John Dupre
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Human Nature and the Limits of Science.John Dupré - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature.Steven Pinker - 2002 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 66 (4):765-767.
Humans and other Animals.John Dupré - 2004 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 194 (1):135-136.

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