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The Frontiers Collection

Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature

Editors: Frey, Ulrich, Störmer, Charlotte, Willführ, Kai P. (Eds.)

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  • Synthesizes the essence of human nature by combining the knowledge from many different fields of science
  • Answers fundamental questions about human nature
  • Provides a thorough summary of human evolution
  • Has implications for a new image of humanity
  • Sheds light on controversial issues including free will and religion
  • Represents a synthesis of sociobiological findings
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To understand why we humans are as we are, it is necessary to look at the essential building blocks that comprise our nature. The foundations of this structure are our evolutionary origins as primates and our social roots. Upon these rest features such as our emotions, language and aesthetic preferences, with our self-perceptions, self-deceptions and thirst for knowledge right at the top.

The unifying force holding these blocks together is evolutionary theory. Evolution provides a deeper understanding of human nature and, in particular, of the common roots of these different perspectives.

To build a reliable and coherent model of man, leading authors from fields as diverse as primatology, anthropology, neurobiology and philosophy have joined forces to present essays  each describing their own expert perspective. Together they provide a convincing and complete picture of our own human nature.

About the authors

Ulrich Frey (philosophy), Charlotte Störmer and Kai Willführ (biology) work in an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Giessen, applying evolutionary theory to a broad range of fields. The following authors contributed to the chapters of this book: Karl Grammer, Benjamin Grant Purzycki, Peter Kappeler, Niklas Krebs, Ruth Mace, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Frank Rösler, Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Mary K. Shenk, Richard Sosis and Matthias Uhl.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Essential Building Blocks of Human Nature
Editors
  • Ulrich Frey
  • Charlotte Störmer
  • Kai P. Willführ
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-13968-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-13968-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-13967-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51935-6
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 159
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