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EVOLUTIONS' EYE: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide.

Oyama, Susan.

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ISBN 10: 0822324369 / ISBN 13: 9780822324362
Published by Duke University Press,, 2000
Condition: VG Hardcover
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Title: EVOLUTIONS' EYE: A Systems View of the ...

Publisher: Duke University Press,

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VG

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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In recent decades, Susan Oyama and her colleagues in the burgeoning field of developmental systems theory have rejected the determinism inherent in the nature/nurture debate, arguing that behavior cannot be reduced to distinct biological or environmental causes. In Evolution’s Eye Oyama elaborates on her pioneering work on developmental systems by spelling out that work’s implications for the fields of evolutionary theory, developmental and social psychology, feminism, and epistemology. Her approach profoundly alters our understanding of the biological processes of development and evolution and the interrelationships between them.
While acknowledging that, in an uncertain world, it is easy to “blame it on the genes,” Oyama claims that the renewed trend toward genetic determinism colors the way we think about everything from human evolution to sexual orientation and personal responsibility. She presents instead a view that focuses on how a wide variety of developmental factors interact in the multileveled developmental systems that give rise to organisms. Shifting attention away from genes and the environment as causes for behavior, she convincingly shows the benefits that come from thinking about life processes in terms of developmental systems that produce, sustain, and change living beings over both developmental and evolutionary time.
Providing a genuine alternative to genetic and environmental determinism, as well as to unsuccessful compromises with which others have tried to replace them, Evolution’s Eye will fascinate students and scholars who work in the fields of evolution, psychology, human biology, and philosophy of science. Feminists and others who seek a more complex view of human nature will find her work especially congenial.

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"Susan Oyama's "Ontogeny of Information" provided a navigational chart for researchers seeking to avoid the shoals of the nature-nurture dichotomy. Here, in "Evolution's Eye," she good-humoredly unmasks the rhetorical stratagems of reflexive genecentrism, while continuing to strengthen the case for the integrative, multifocal approach of developmental systems theory."--Helen E. Longino, University of Minnesota

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