On Tending to Our Scientific Knitting: Thinking About Gender in the Context of Evolution

  • Nora S. Newcombe

The greatest figures of nineteenth century thought on human nature are widely considered to be Marx, Freud, and Darwin. Subsequent events and reflection have led to a waning of the influence of Marx and Freud (although some of their key insights may yet survive the test of time; see Westen, 1998, for a discussion of Freud’s legacy). Darwin is another matter. Controversial when first proposed, his theory of evolution has not only survived, it now has no serious intellectual competitors and provides the overall framework for thinking about all of modern biology. During the twentieth century, evolutionary theory gained in prominence as a tool for understanding cognitive and social functioning as well as biological processes, first under the banner of the term sociobiology (Wilson, 1975) and more recently under the term evolutionary psychology (Buss, 2005; Dunbar & Barrett, 2007).

Cultural anthropology represents a contrasting perspective to Darwinism on the nature of human nature. It was...


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  • Nora S. Newcombe
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  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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