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Scher, S. J., & Rauscher, F. (Eds.) (2002). Evolutionary Psychology: Alternative Approaches. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
ISBN 1402072791

Book descriptionEdit

Evolutionary psychology has been dominated by one particular method for studying the mind and behavior. This is the first book to both question that monopoly and suggest a broad range of particular alternatives. Psychologists, philosophers, biologists, anthropologists, and others offer different methods for combining psychology and evolution. They recommend specific changes to evolutionary psychology using a wide variety of theoretical assumptions. In addition, some essays analyze the underpinnings of the dominant method, relate it to the context of evolutionary and psychological theory and to general philosophy of science, and discuss how to test approaches to evolutionary psychology. The aim of this collection is not to reject evolutionary psychology but to open up new vistas which students and researchers can use to ensure that evolutionary psychology continues to thrive. [1]

Table of ContentsEdit

  1. Introduction - Frederick Rauscher & Steven J. Scher
  2. Nature Read in Truth or Flaw: Locating Alternatives in Evolutionary Psychology - Steven J. Scher & Frederick Rauscher
  3. The Evaluation of Competing Approaches within Human Evolutionary Psychology - Timothy J. Ketelaar
  4. Evolution, Morality, and Human Potential - David Sloan Wilson
  5. Repeated Assembly: Prospects for Saying What We Mean - Linnda Caporael
  6. Human Triangles: Genes, Sex and Economics in Human Evolution - Niles Eldredge
  7. The Optimal Number of Fathers: Evolution, Demography, and History in the Shaping of Female Mate Preferences - Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
  8. Dancing in the Dark: Evolutionary Psychology and the Argument from Design - Karola C. Stoltz & Paul E. Griffiths
  9. Adaptationism and Psychological Explanation - Dominic Murphy
  10. Toward a Developmental Evolutionary Psychology: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Human Cognition - Steven Quartz
  11. Modules, Brain Parts, and Evolutionary Psychology - William Bechtel
  12. Evolutionary Psychology and the Information-Processing Model of Cognition - Jennifer Mundale
  13. Evolutionary Psychology and Artificial Life - Domenico Parisi

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