Human Nature in a Post-essentialist World

Philosophy of Science 80 (5):983-993 (2014)
Abstract
In this essay I examine a well-known articulation of human nature skepticism, a paper by Hull. I then review a recent reply to Hull by Machery, which argues for an account of human nature that he claims is both useful and scientifically robust. I challenge Machery’s account and introduce an alternative account—the “life-history trait cluster” conception of human nature—that I hold is scientifically sound and makes sense of (at least some of) our intuitions about—and desiderata for—human nature
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Edouard Machery (2008). A Plea for Human Nature. Philosophical Psychology 21 (3):321 – 329.
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