- First book to trace the history of evolutionary thinking in psychology from its beginnings to the present day in an accessible and lively fashion.
- Focuses on the rise of evolutionary theories begun by Lamarck and Darwin and the creation of the science of psychology.
- Explains evolutionary thought’s banishment by behaviorism and cultural anthropology in the early 20th century, along with its eventual re-emergence through ethology and sociobiology.
- Examines the complex and changing relations between psychology and evolutionary theory.
CHAPTER 1 CURIOUS HISTORIES 1
CHAPTER 2 BEFORE DARWIN 9
Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck 20
Herbert Spencer 24
CHAPTER 3 PSYCHOLOGY BORN AND THE DARWINIAN REVOLUTION 28
The New Science of Mind 28
The Darwinian Revolution 33
Darwin’s Immediate Successors 38
Early Psychology in the United States 44
CHAPTER 4 THE NEAR DEATH OF DARWINISM IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 48
Evolution after Darwin 48
Behaviorism Takes Hold in Psychology 53
The Rise of Cultural Anthropology 62
CHAPTER 5 AN EXCEPTIONAL CASE 70
The Fundamental Problem 71
A New Factor in Evolution 77
Evolutionary Epistemology 83
Fall and Decline 88
CHAPTER 6 LESSONS TO BE LEARNED: ETHOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY 90
Classical Ethology 91
CHAPTER 7 CONTEMPORARY EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY 123
Evolutionary Theory from 1959 124
Necessary Precursors in the Main Discipline 129
Evolutionary Psychology Reborn 134
Which Side is Bringing Science into Disrepute? 148
A Natural Science of Culture 154
CHAPTER 8 FUTURE PROSPECTS 158