David P. Barash

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David P. Barash (born 1946) is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and is notable for books on Human aggression, Peace Studies, and the sexual behavior of animals and people. He has written approximately 30 books in total. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Ph.D. in zoology from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1970. He taught at the State University of New York at Oneonta, and then accepted a permanent position at the University of Washington.

His book Natural Selections: selfish altruists, honest liars and other realities of evolution is based on articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and published in 2007 by Bellevue Literary Press. Immediately before that was Madame Bovary's Ovaries: a Darwinian look at literature, a popular but serious presentation of Darwinian literary criticism, jointly written with his daughter, Nanelle Rose Barash. He has also written over 230 scholarly articles and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, along with many other honors.

In 2008, a second edition of the textbook Peace and Conflict Studies co-authored with Charles P. Webel was published by Sage. In 2009, Columbia University Press published How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories, a book on sex differentiation co-authored with Judith Eve Lipton. This was followed in 2010 by Strange Bedfellows: the surprising connection between sex, evolution and monogamy published by Bellevue Literary Press, and, in 2011, Payback: why we retaliate, redirect aggression and seek revenge, coauthored with Judith Eve Lipton and published by Oxford University Press. His book "Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary puzzles of human nature" appeared in 2012, also published by Oxford University Press, and in 2013, Sage published the 3rd edition of his text, "Peace and Conflict Studies."

Scheduled for publication in 2013 are the 3rd edition of Barash's Approaches to Peace as well as Buddhist Biology: Ancient Eastern Wisdom Meets Modern Western Science - both by Oxford.


Barash's book Peace and Conflict Studies[1][2] has drawn criticism from conservatives David Horowitz and Bruce Bawer.[3][4] Barash has responded that accusations by Horowitz are based on "misrepresentations and inaccuracies."[5] Unfortunately, inadequate fact checking, or an oversight resulted in Mr. Barash saying on page 93 of "Buddhist Biology" that Dogen was "the seventeenth century founder of the Soto sect of Japanese Zen...." Dogen zenji was born in Kyoto, Japan 1200 C.E. and died in Kyoto in 1253 C.E. He was the 13th century or thirteenth century founder of Soto Zen.

Non-technical books[edit]

  • David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. Payback: why we retaliate, redirect aggression and seek revenge, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. Strange Bedfellows: the surprising connection between sex, evolution and monogamy, Bellevue Literary Press, 2010
  • David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories Columbia University Press, 2009
  • David P. Barash. Natural Selections: Natural Selections: selfish altruists, honest liars and other realities of evolution Bellevue Literary Press, 2007
  • David P. Barash and Nanelle R. Barash. Madame Bovary's Ovaries: a Darwinian look at literature Delacorte, 2005
  • David P. Barash. The Survival Game: how game theory explains cooperation and competition Henry Holt/Times Books, 2003
  • David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton. Making Sense of Sex: how genes gender influence our relationships. Island Press/Shearwater Books, 1997; paperback edition as Gender Gap: the biology of male-female differences, Transaction Publishers, 2001
  • Barash, D. & Lipton, J. (2001). The Myth of Monogamy – Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-7136-9
    • Review by T. R Birkhead [6]
  • David P. Barash. Revolutionary Biology: the new, gene-centered view of life. Transaction Publishers, 2001
  • David P. Barash and Ilona Anne Barash. The Mammal in the Mirror: understanding our place in the animal world (W. H. Freeman, 2000;
  • David P. Barash. Beloved Enemies: our need for opponents. Prometheus Books, 1994
  • David P. Barash. The L Word: an unapologetic, thoroughly biased, long-overdue explication and celebration of liberalism William Morrow, 1992
  • David P. Barash. The Great Outdoors Lyle Stuart, 1989; in paper as Give Peas a Chance, Lyle Stuart, 1991
  • David P. Barash. The Hare and the Tortoise: the conflict between culture and biology in human affairs Viking, 1986; Penguin, 1987
    • translated into six languages
  • David P. Barash & Judith Eve Lipton. The Caveman and the Bomb: human nature, evolution, and nuclear war McGraw-Hill, 1985; Olive Branch Award nominee)
  • David P. Barash & Judith Eve Lipton. Stop Nuclear War! A handbook Grove Press, 1982;
    • (National Book Award nominee)
  • David P. Barash. Aging: an exploration/ Univ. of Washington Press, 1981;
    • translated into two languages
  • David P. Barash. The Whisperings Within: evolution and the origin of human nature Harper & Row, 1979; Penguin, 1980;
    • translated into seven languages

Academic books[edit]

  • David P. Barash and Charles Webel. Peace and Conflict Studies. Sage Publications, 2002; 2nd edition, 2008
  • Arthur Gandolfi, Anna S. Gandolfi, and David P. Barash. Economics as an Evolutionary Science: from utility to fitness. Transaction Publishers, 2002
  • David P. Barash. Understanding Violence Allyn & Bacon, 2001;
  • David P. Barash. Approaches to Peace Oxford University Press, 2000; 2nd edition, 2010
  • David P. Barash. Ideas of Human Nature: from the Bhagavad Gita to sociobiology Prentice Hall,1998
  • David P. Barash. Introduction to Peace Studies Wadsworth, 1991
  • David P. Barash. Marmots: social behavior and ecology Stanford University Press, 1989
  • David P. Barash. The Arms Race and Nuclear War Wadsworth, 1986
  • David P. Barash. Sociobiology and Behavior Elsevier, 1977; 2nd, revised edition, 1982


  1. ^ Peace and Conflict Studies by Charles P. Webel and David P. Barash, Textbook (Hardcover - Older Edition), SAGE Publications, March 2002, 592pp, ISBN 978-0-7619-2507-1.
  2. ^ Take a Break from War by Kaushik Roy, The Telegraph (Calcutta, India), November 15, 2002.
  3. ^ "One Man's Terrorist Is Another Man's Freedom Fighter" by David Horowitz, (website of Students for Academic Freedom), November 8, 2004.
  4. ^ The Peace Racket by Bruce Bawer, City Journal, Summer 2007.
  5. ^ Peace class lands UW prof on list of "most dangerous" by Nick Perry, Seattle Times, February 28, 2006.
  6. ^ Nature, Volume 413 Number 6851, Sept. 6, 2001, doi:10.1038/35092609

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