Human Nature in a Post-essentialist World

@article{Ramsey2013HumanNI,
  title={Human Nature in a Post-essentialist World},
  author={Grant Ramsey},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2013},
  volume={80},
  pages={983 - 993}
}
  • Grant Ramsey
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
In this essay I examine a well-known articulation of human nature skepticism, a paper by Hull. I then review a recent reply to Hull by Machery, which argues for an account of human nature that he claims is both useful and scientifically robust. I challenge Machery’s account and introduce an alternative account—the “life-history trait cluster” conception of human nature—that I hold is scientifically sound and makes sense of (at least some of) our intuitions about—and desiderata for—human nature. 

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