Leaving the Cave

Leaving the Cave

Evolutionary Naturalism in Social-scientific Thought

Book - 1996
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Wilfrid Laurier Univ Pr

How can one explain the general failure of the social sciences to accumulate reliable knowledge?

According to Pat Duffy Hutcheon the social sciences have failed us in the twentieth century. Practitioners in the social realm (such as politicians, therapists, educators and economists) are unable to provide the answers we seek to meet the challenges of our everyday lives and the next millennium.

In Leaving the Cave Hutcheon explores the reasons for this failure. In this pioneering study of the development of social and biological evolutionary theory she contends that, for the first time in history, there exists a paradigm capable of integrating the life sciences and the social/behavioural sciences, a model to make effective social science a reality.

To illustrate her arguments Hutcheon traces the development of a current of thought she identifies as evolutionary naturalism. She focusses on the lives and writings of those thinkers who have most illuminated this philosophy, from the Hellenic Greeks, through the works of the early pioneers of modern social scientific thought, to the social theorists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries whose ideas have been firmly rooted in the Darwinian and Pavlovian revolutions in biology and neuroscience.

Leaving the Cave is an innovative, multidisciplinary study of the development of social science, the philosophy of evolutionary naturalism and the effect of each on the other. Certain to arouse controversy, this is a book which everyone concerned for the future of the social sciences will want to read.



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Explores reasons for the failures of practitioners of the social sciences in 20th-century America and traces the development of social and biological evolutionary theory, or evolutionary naturalism. Looks at the lives and writings of thinkers who have helped develop this philosophy, from the Hellenic Greeks, through the early pioneers of modern social-scientific thought, to the social theorists of the 19th and 20th centuries whose ideas are rooted in the Darwinian and Pavlovian revolutions. For those involved in the social sciences. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780889202580
0889202583
Characteristics: xvi, 504 p. ; 24 cm

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