Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 115–128 | Cite as

Sexual selection and mate choice in evolutionary psychology

  • Chris Haufe


The importance of mate choice and sexual selection has been emphasized by the majority of evolutionary psychologists. This paper assesses three cases of work on mate choice and sexual selection in evolutionary psychology: David Buss on cross-cultural human mate preferences, Randy Thornhill and Steve Gangestad on the link between mate preferences and fluctuating asymmetry, and Geoffrey Miller on the role of Fisher’s runaway process in human evolution. A mixture of conceptual and empirical problems in each case highlights the general weakness of work in evolutionary psychology on these issues.


Evolutionary psychology Mate choice Sexual selection Human evolution Mate preferences Optimality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Center for Philosophy of BiologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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