Evolutionary Psychology, Human Universals, and the Standard Social Science Model

  title={Evolutionary Psychology, Human Universals, and the Standard Social Science Model},
  author={Neil Levy},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  • N. Levy
  • Published 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Biology and Philosophy
Proponents of evolutionary psychology take the existence of humanuniversals to constitute decisive evidence in favor of their view. Ifthe same social norms are found in culture after culture, we have goodreason to believe that they are innate, they argue. In this paper Ipropose an alternative explanation for the existence of humanuniversals, which does not depend on them being the product of inbuiltpsychological adaptations. Following the work of Brian Skyrms, I suggestthat if a particular… Expand
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