On Human Nature

  title={On Human Nature},
  author={David L. Hull},
  journal={PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association},
  pages={3 - 13}
  • D. Hull
  • Published 1 February 1980
  • Biology
  • PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
If species are the things that evolve at least in large part through the action of natural selection, then both genetic and phenotypic variability are essential to biological species. If all species are variable, then Homo sapiens must be variable. Hence, it is very unlikely that the human species as a biological species can be characterized by a set of invariable traits. It might be the case that at this moment in evolutionary history, all human beings happen to possess a particular set (or… 

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    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement
  • 2012
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