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Nature and History

The Evolutionary Approach for Social Scientists, 1st Edition

By Ignazio Masulli


174 pages

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Originally published in 1990, Nature and History examines how Darwin’s theory of evolution has been expanded by scholars and researchers to include virtually every scientific discipline. The book presents a morphological analysis of historical and social sciences – sciences which have traditionally have been viewed as too random in their progressions to conform to a model. Through the evaluation of empirical and factual evidence, the book builds a case for an evolutionary paradigm which encompasses both natural and social sciences, and presents the form’s adaptiveness in working historical models.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Paradigms of Form

1 Synthesis of Biological and Psychological Processes

2. The Nature-Knowledge Nexus and the Synthesis of Form

3. Nature and History: The Problem of a Unitary Conception of Reality

4. Natural Sciences and Socio-Historical Sciences

5. Toward a Unified Perspective: Form and Historical Knowledge

Part II: Morphological Analysis Applied to Historical Phenomena

6. The Dynamics of Change in Historical Processes: Some Examples

Bibliography to Part I

Bibliography to Part II

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Evolution

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1913 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of evolution and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines evolution from a broad range of disciplines, from the anthropological development of modern society, to the scientific examinations of cellular and genetic evolution. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, natural history, anthropology, sociology and religion. The 16 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into the psychological evolution of the brain, philosophical and theological examinations of evolution, analysis of genetic and cellular evolution, discussions of Darwinian theory, the affect of survival of the fittest from both genetic and political standpoints and examinations into the affinity between man and ape. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of evolution and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and anthropology, but of history, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General