Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives (Paperback)
  • Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives (Paperback)
zoom

Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives (Paperback)

(author)
£10.99
Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 31/01/2013
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

We are constantly told that human traits - from aggression to gender differences - are 'hardwired'. In Beyond Human Nature Jesse J. Prinz reveals that it is the societies we live in, not our genes, that determine how we think and feel.

From why mental illness differs so widely between cultures to how geography influences morals, from our sexual preferences to how we learn languages, he proves that the vast diversity of behaviour is not ingrained. This is a book about humanity's power to transcend nature; and one that, ultimately, celebrates our differences.

Jesse J. Prinz is currently a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the City University of New York and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught until January 2009. He works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and has produced books and articles on emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness.

'From start to finish this book is a fine, balanced, enormously learned and informative blast on the trumpet of common sense and humane understanding ... wonderful' Simon Blackburn, New Statesman

'The nature versus nurture tussle has been running for centuries, and into this fervid arena steps Jesse J. Prinz ... he explores the origins of knowledge, language, thought and emotion and argues that there is not one human nature, but many' Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

'Jesse Prinz wants to call a halt to the "century of the gene" ... in a backlash against the tyranny of DNA' Sydney Morning Herald

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141019345
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 303 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Compelling ... urgent and persuasive ... This bracing book leads the charge against the idea that genetics explains all -- James McConnachie * Sunday Times *
A fine, balanced, enormously learned and informative blast on the trumpet of common sense and humane understanding. -- Simon Blackburn * New Statesman *
The nature versus nurture tussle has been running for centuries, and into this fervid arena steps Jesse J. Prinz ... he explores the origins of knowledge, language, thought and emotion and argues that there is not one human nature, but many -- Carl Wilkinson * Financial Times *
Jesse Prinz wants to call a halt to the "century of the gene" ... in a backlash against the tyranny of DNA -- Nick Miller * Sydney Morning Herald *
Compelling arguments that cover a vast range of human behaviours ... [easy] to read ... We are not prisoners of our genes. The societies we have created by following careful rules of engagement largely leave us free to act as we see fit, for good - and bad -- Robin McKie * Guardian *

You may also be interested in...

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Added to basket
How to Argue With a Racist
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Hood Feminism
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
Added to basket
Life Lessons
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback
The Myth of Sisyphus
Added to basket
The Little Book of Humanism
Added to basket
Japonisme
Added to basket
Princes of the Renaissance
Added to basket
£35.00   £30.00
Hardback
Rebel Ideas
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Daily Stoic
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Humankind
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Ikigai
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Beyond Order
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Metazoa
Added to basket
£20.00   £14.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.