Sociological Forum

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 173–185 | Cite as

Why most sociologists don't (and won't) think evolutionarily

  • Pierre L. van den Berghe
Article

Abstract

The general failure of sociologists to understand, much less accept, an evolutionary perspective on human behavior transcends mere ignorance and ideological bias, although it incorporates a good deal of both. It also includes a general anthropocentric discomfort with evolutionary thinking, a self-interested resistance to self-understanding, and a trained sociological incapacity to accept the fundamental canons of scientific theory construction: reductionism, individualism, materialism, and parsimony.

Key words

evolution sociobiology environmentalism determinism reductionism, biosociology 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre L. van den Berghe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, DK-40University of WashingtonSeattle

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