The Darwinian Cage

  title={The Darwinian Cage},
  author={Richard Paul Hamilton},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={105 - 125}
  • R. Hamilton
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Sociology
  • Theory, Culture & Society
Evolutionary psychology speaks to a common intuition that the biology of the human animal will elucidate human beastliness. In this article I argue that, regardless of whether that intuition is correct, evolutionary psychology fails as an explanation of human action. It fails because, in attempting to replace our everyday moral vocabulary with a mechanical one, it loses sight of the constitutive role of norms in human conduct. In thus disregarding normativity, it sacrifices the ability to… Expand
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