• P. P. G. Bateson
  • Peter H. Klopfer

Part of the Perspectives in Ethology book series (PEIE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Susan Oyama
    Pages 101-131
  3. Frederick M. Toates, Lynda I. A. Birke
    Pages 191-241
  4. James F. Zolman
    Pages 275-323
  5. Alan C. Kamil, Sonja I. Yoerg
    Pages 325-364
  6. R. I. M. Dunbar
    Pages 385-431
  7. David W. Macdonald, Patricia D. Moehlman
    Pages 433-467
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 503-520

About this book


This volume is devoted principally to the theme of behavioral develop­ ment. The study of ontogeny has attracted some of the most bitter and protracted controversies in the whole field of ethology and psychology. This is partly because the arguments have reflected more general and continuing ideological battles about nature and nurture. In the opening essay, Oppenheim shows how these debates have recurred in much the same form over the last century. His chapter also brings out a more worrying feature of such argument. He demonstrates that authors who are well known for their strongly held partisan views have written in much more balanced ways than is usually admitted. Although the ex­ cluded middle is familiar enough in academic argument, the dynamic tensions actually present in developing systems may be particularly prone to polarize debate about what is actually happening. This point is elegantly explored by Oyama in her essay on her concept of maturation.


behavior development evolution genetic research nature ontogenesis ontogeny phylogeny physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • P. P. G. Bateson
    • 1
  • Peter H. Klopfer
    • 2
  1. 1.Sub-Department of Animal BehaviourUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4615-7580-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-7578-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0738-4394
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