Evolutionary Psychology

Alternative Approaches

  • Steven J. Scher
  • Frederick Rauscher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Steven J. Scher, Frederick Rauscher
    Pages 1-29
  3. David Sloan Wilson
    Pages 55-70
  4. Linnda Caporael
    Pages 71-89
  5. Niles Eldredge
    Pages 91-110
  6. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
    Pages 111-133
  7. Karola C. Stotz, Paul E. Griffiths
    Pages 135-160
  8. Dominic Murphy
    Pages 161-184
  9. Steven R. Quartz
    Pages 185-210
  10. Domenico Parisi
    Pages 243-265

About this book


Evolutionary psychology has been dominated by one particular method for studying the mind and behavior. This is the first book to both question that monopoly and suggest a broad range of particular alternatives. Psychologists, philosophers, biologists, anthropologists, and others offer different methods for combining psychology and evolution. They recommend specific changes to evolutionary psychology using a wide variety of theoretical assumptions. In addition, some essays analyze the underpinnings of the dominant method, relate it to the context of evolutionary and psychological theory and to general philosophy of science, and discuss how to test approaches to evolutionary psychology. The aim of this collection is not to reject evolutionary psychology but to open up new vistas which students and researchers can use to ensure that evolutionary psychology continues to thrive.


Adaptation behavior evolution evolutionary psychology genes

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven J. Scher
    • 1
  • Frederick Rauscher
    • 2
  1. 1.Eastern Illinois UniversityCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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