Are human beings part of the rest of nature?

Biology and Philosophy 17 (5):661-671 (2002)
Unified explanations seek to situate the traits of human beings in a causal framework that also explains the trait values found in nonhuman species. Disunified explanations claim that the traits of human beings are due to causal processes not at work in the rest of nature. This paper outlines a methodology for testing hypotheses of these two types. Implications are drawn concerning evolutionary psychology, adaptationism, and anti-adaptationism.
Keywords Adaptationism  Evolutionary psychology  Explanation  Testability  Unification
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DOI 10.1023/A:1022560403398
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