Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature

  • Ulrich J. Frey
  • Charlotte Störmer
  • Kai P. Willführ

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

About this book


To understand why we humans are as we are, it is necessary to look at the essential building blocks that comprise our nature. The foundations of this structure are our evolutionary origins as primates and our social roots. Upon these rest features such as our emotions, language and aesthetic preferences, with our self-perceptions, self-deceptions and thirst for knowledge right at the top.

The unifying force holding these blocks together is evolutionary theory. Evolution provides a deeper understanding of human nature and, in particular, of the common roots of these different perspectives.

To build a reliable and coherent model of man, leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy have joined forces to present essays  each describing their own expert perspective. Together they provide a convincing and complete picture of our own human nature.


cognitive psychology conditio humana evolutionary psychology human biology human evolution human nature philosophy human nature understood human origins man's image of himself

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich J. Frey
    • 1
  • Charlotte Störmer
    • 1
  • Kai P. Willführ
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy and Foundations of ScienceUniversity of GiessenGiessenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-13967-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-13968-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
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