Essay review: The roots of biological determinism

  title={Essay review: The roots of biological determinism},
  author={Garland E. Allen},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • G. Allen
  • Published 1984
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Biology
In The Mismeasure of Mani (W. W. Norton & Co., 1981), Stephen Jay Gould traces the history in Western thought of what has come to be called "biological determinism." This is the general name for theories which hold that the roots of human social behavior and personality lie in the biology of individuals and groups (racial or ethnic) and thus determine fundamental aspects of social life. Gould treats examples of biological determinism stretching from Socrates' famous parable of the metals in… 
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Genetic determinism can be described as the attribution of the formation of traits to genes, where genes are ascribed more causal power than what scientific consensus suggests. Belief in genetic
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  • T. Teslow
  • History
    Handbook of the Historiography of Biology
  • 2021


The science and politics of I.Q.
The present work arrives at two conclusions, one based on a detailed examination of the empirical evidence which has been adduced in support of the idea of heritability, and the other related to the second major conclusion of this work.