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Life History Evolution

A Biological Meta-Theory for the Social Sciences

  • Steven C. Hertler
  • Aurelio José Figueredo
  • Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre
  • Heitor B. F. Fernandes
  • Michael A. Woodley of Menie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
    Pages 1-22
  3. Huntington, Crosby, and Baker

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 25-42
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 43-56
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 57-69
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 71-74
  4. Price, Malthus, and Landers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 77-90
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 91-104
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 105-121
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 123-126
  5. Toynbee, McNeill, and Casey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 129-141
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 143-155
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 157-173
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 175-179
  6. Murdock, Keeley, and Harris

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 183-196
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 197-211
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 213-229
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 231-235
  7. Montesquieu, Mann, and Goldthorpe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 239-254
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 255-270
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 271-284
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 285-289
  8. Cattell, Bowlby, and Bronfenbrenner

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 293-306
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 307-321
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 323-339
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 341-344
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 345-417

About this book

Introduction

The social sciences share a mission to shed light on human nature and society. However, there is no widely accepted meta-theory; no foundation from which variables can be linked, causally sequenced, or ultimately explained. This book advances “life history evolution” as the missing meta-theory for the social sciences. Originally a biological theory for the variation between species, research on life history evolution now encompasses psychological and sociological variation within the human species that has long been the stock and trade of social scientific study. The eighteen chapters of this book review six disciplines, eighteen authors, and eighty-two volumes published between 1734 and 2015—re-reading the texts in the light of life history evolution. 

Keywords

Life History Theory Biological Evolution Behavioral Ecology Biological Life Cycle Evolutionary Developmental Psychology Human Behavioral Ecology Biodemography

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven C. Hertler
    • 1
  • Aurelio José Figueredo
    • 2
  • Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre
    • 3
  • Heitor B. F. Fernandes
    • 4
  • Michael A. Woodley of Menie
    • 5
  1. 1.College of Saint ElizabethMorristownUSA
  2. 2.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.University of ArizonaTucsonCanada
  4. 4.University of ArizonaTusconUSA
  5. 5.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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