Philosophy of Science 67 (1):133-154 (2000)

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Stephen Stich
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Ron Mallon
Washington University in St. Louis
Abstract
Evolutionary psychology and social constructionism are widely regarded as fundamentally irreconcilable approaches to the social sciences. Focusing on the study of the emotions, we argue that this appearance is mistaken. Much of what appears to be an empirical disagreement between evolutionary psychologists and social constructionists over the universality or locality of emotional phenomena is actually generated by an implicit philosophical dispute resulting from the adoption of different theories of meaning and reference. We argue that once this philosophical dispute is recognized, it can be set to the side. When this is done, it becomes clear that the two approaches to the emotions complement, rather than compete with, one another
Keywords Compatibility  Evolutionary Psychology  Science  Cosmides, L  Tooby, J
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DOI 10.1086/392765
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