Man and Aggression [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 23 (2):364-364 (1969)

Montague seems to have marshalled this repetitive, overlapping collection of essays to stamp out once and for all the Hobbesian myth that man is innately aggressive and violent. He succeeds by over-kill; there are no voices for the other side. This is in part because the other side has already spoken, and to too wide an audience. The targets of this collection of diatribes are Konrad Lorentz, and Robert Ardrey. Both are repeatedly accused of over-simplification, inadequate or irresponsible research, subjectivism, and particularly of making the unwarranted and poorly defended analogy between animals and men. Individually the articles are convincing: balanced and just in their criticism. The trouble is that putting them together in this one-sided barrage is like killing a sparrow with a cannon.--S. O. H.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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