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    Evolution and literary theory.Joseph Carroll - 1995 - Human Nature 6 (2):119-134.
    Presupposing that all knowledge is the study of a unitary order of nature, the author maintains that the study of literature should be included within the larger field of evolutionary theory. He outlines four elementary concepts in evolutionary theory, and he argues that these concepts should regulate our understanding of literature. On the basis of these concepts, he repudiates the antirealist and irrationalist views that, under the aegis of “poststructuralism,” have dominated academic literary studies for the past two decades. He (...)
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    A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Beliefs about Human Nature, Culture, and Science.Joseph Carroll, John A. Johnson, Catherine Salmon, Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, Mathias Clasen & Emelie Jonsson - 2017 - Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 1 (1):1-32.
    How far has the Darwinian revolution come? To what extent have evolutionary ideas penetrated into the social sciences and humanities? Are the “science wars” over? Or do whole blocs of disciplines face off over an unbridgeable epistemic gap? To answer questions like these, contributors to top journals in 22 disciplines were surveyed on their beliefs about human nature, culture, and science. More than 600 respondents completed the survey. Scoring patterns divided into two main sets of disciplines. Genetic influences were emphasized (...)
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    Steven Pinker's cheesecake for the mind.Joseph Carroll - 1998 - Philosophy and Literature 22 (2):478-485.
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    Dutton, Davies, and Imaginative Virtual Worlds: The Current State of Evolutionary Aesthetics.Joseph Carroll - 2013 - Aisthesis: Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi Dell’Estetico 6 (2):81-93.
    This paper is a commentary comparing the evolutionary perspectives of Denis Dutton’s The Art Instinct (2009) and Stephen Davies’s The Artful Species (2012). Their topics thus necessarily overlap, but their books have different purposes and a different feel. Davies’s book is an academic exercise. He has no real arguments or claims of his own. Dutton wishes to demonstrate that evolutionary psychology can provide a satisfying naturalistic explanation of aesthetic experience. Neither Davies nor Dutton fully succeeds in his ambition. Davies extends (...)
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  5. The cuckoo's history: Human nature in wuthering heights.Joseph Carroll - 2008 - Philosophy and Literature 32 (2):pp. 241-257.
    Wuthering Heights has proved exceptionally elusive to interpretation. By foregrounding the idea of human nature, Darwinian literary theory provides a framework within which we can assimilate previous insights about Wuthering Heights , delineate the norms Brontë shares with her projected audience, analyze her divided impulses, and explain the generic forms in which those impulses manifest themselves. Brontë herself presupposes a folk understanding of human nature in her audience. Evolutionary psychology converges with that folk understanding but provides explanations that are broader (...)
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    The human revolution and the adaptive function of literature.Joseph Carroll - 2006 - Philosophy and Literature 30 (1):33-49.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:The Human Revolution and the Adaptive Function of LiteratureJoseph CarrollIBefore the advent of purely culturalist ways of thinking in the early decades of the twentieth century, the idea of "human nature" was deeply ingrained in the literature and the humanistic social theory of the West.1 In the past three decades, ethology, sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology have succeeded in making the idea of "human nature" once again a commonplace of (...)
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  7. Aestheticism, Homoeroticism, and Christian Guilt in The Picture of Dorian Gray.Joseph Carroll - 2005 - Philosophy and Literature 29 (2):286-304.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Aestheticism, Homoeroticism, and Christian Guilt in The Picture of Dorian GrayJoseph CarrollSince the advent of the poststructuralist revolution some thirty years ago, interpretive literary criticism has suppressed two concepts that had informed virtually all previous literary thinking: (1) the idea of the author as an individual person and an originating source for literary meaning, and (2) the idea of "human nature" as the represented subject and common frame of (...)
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    Human Nature in Nineteenth-Century British Novels: Doing the Math.Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson & Daniel J. Kruger - 2009 - Philosophy and Literature 33 (1):50-72.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Human Nature in Nineteenth-Century British Novels:Doing the MathJoseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson, and Daniel J. KrugerIThree broad ambitions animate this study. Building on research in evolutionary social science, we aimed (1) to construct a model of human nature—of motives, emotions, features of personality, and preferences in marital partners; (2) use that model to analyze some specific body of literary texts and the responses of readers to those (...)
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    IIIAn Open Letter to Jonathan Kramnick.Joseph Carroll - 2012 - Critical Inquiry 38 (2):405-410.
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    Angus Fletcher’s Other Literary Darwinism.Joseph Carroll - 2021 - Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 5 (2):99-108.
    Angus Fletcher pitches his book to general readers. Though it consists of literary criticism, it is designed as a psychological self-help manual-literature as therapy. Fletcher's thera­peutic program is presented as an alternative to the kind of literary Darwinism that iden­tifies human nature as the basis for literature. He acknowledges the existence of human nature but aims at transcending it by promoting an Aquarian ethos of harmony and un­derstanding. He has some gifts of style, but the dominant voice in his stylistic (...)
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    Aestheticism, homoeroticism, and Christian guilt in.Joseph Carroll - 2005 - Philosophy and Literature 29 (2):286-304.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Aestheticism, Homoeroticism, and Christian Guilt in The Picture of Dorian GrayJoseph CarrollSince the advent of the poststructuralist revolution some thirty years ago, interpretive literary criticism has suppressed two concepts that had informed virtually all previous literary thinking: (1) the idea of the author as an individual person and an originating source for literary meaning, and (2) the idea of "human nature" as the represented subject and common frame of (...)
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  12. Contributors.Joseph Carroll - 2017 - Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 1 (2):156-160.
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    Conceptuauzing Cyning and Konungr in the Heimskringla and Beowulf.Joseph Carroll - 2006 - Mediaevalia 27 (2):1-26.
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    Denis Dutton: Universal Connoisseur.Joseph Carroll - 2014 - Philosophy and Literature 38 (1A):A22-A25.
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  15. Evolutionary approaches to literature and drama.Joseph Carroll - 2009 - In Robin Dunbar & Louise Barrett (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Editorial: Imaginative culture and human nature: Evolutionary perspectives on the arts, religion, and ideology.Joseph Carroll, John A. Johnson, Emelie Jonsson, Rex E. Jung & Valerie van Mulukom - 2022 - Frontiers in Psychology 13.
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    Human Nature in Nineteenth-Century British Novels: Doing the Math.Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson & Daniel J. Kruger - 2009 - Philosophy and Literature 33 (1):50-72.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Human Nature in Nineteenth-Century British Novels:Doing the MathJoseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson, and Daniel J. KrugerIThree broad ambitions animate this study. Building on research in evolutionary social science, we aimed (1) to construct a model of human nature—of motives, emotions, features of personality, and preferences in marital partners; (2) use that model to analyze some specific body of literary texts and the responses of readers to those (...)
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    Literary study and evolutionary theory.Joseph Carroll - 1998 - Human Nature 9 (3):273-292.
    Several recent books have claimed to integrate literary study with evolutionary biology. All of the books here considered, except Robert Storey’s, adopt conceptions of evolutionary theory that are in some way marginal to the Darwinian adaptationist program. All the works attempt to connect evolutionary study with various other disciplines or methodologies: for example, with cultural anthropology, cognitive psychology, the psychology of emotion, neurobiology, chaos theory, or structuralist linguistics. No empirical paradigm has yet been established for this field, but important steps (...)
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    Narrative Theory and Neuroscience: Why Human Nature Matters.Joseph Carroll - 2022 - Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 6 (2):81-100.
    These two books on fictional narratives and neuroscience adopt cultural constructivist perspectives that reject the idea of evolved human motives and emotions. Both books contain information that could be integrated with other research in a comprehensive and empirically grounded theory of narrative, but they both fail to construct any such theory. In order to avoid subordinating the humanities to the sciences, Comer and Taggart avoid integrating their separate disciplines: neuroscience (Comer) and narrative theory (Tag­gart). They draw no significant conclusions from (...)
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    The ecology of Victorian fiction.Joseph Carroll - 2001 - Philosophy and Literature 25 (2):295-313.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Philosophy and Literature 25.2 (2001) 295-313 [Access article in PDF] The Ecology of Victorian Fiction Joseph Carroll I In the past ten years or so, ecological literary criticism--that is, criticism concentrating on the relationship between literature and the natural environment--has become one of the fastest-growing areas in literary study. Ecocritics now have their own professional association, their own academic journal, and an impressive bibliography of scholarly studies. Ecocritical scholars (...)
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    Wilson's Consilience and Literary Study.Joseph Carroll - 1999 - Philosophy and Literature 23 (2):393-413.
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    Why We Need a Journal with the Title Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture.Joseph Carroll - 2017 - Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture 1 (1):vii-xii.
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    Krakow Book Forum: Stephen Davies’s The Artful Species.Stephen Davies, Wilfried Van Damme, Ellen Dissanayake, Joseph Carroll, Katja Mellmann & Jerzy Luty - 2020 - Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics 51 (1):95.
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    Free recall of a mixed language list.Robert G. Rose & Joseph F. Carroll - 1974 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 3 (4):267-268.
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    Book review: Evolution and literary theory. [REVIEW]Joseph Carroll - 1996 - Philosophy and Literature 20 (1).
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