On Human Nature
Cover of the first edition
|Author||E. O. Wilson|
|Publisher||Harvard University Press|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|LC Class||GN365.9 .W54 2004|
On Human Nature is a 1978 book by Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson, in which Wilson attempts to explain human nature and society from the point of view of evolutionary theory. Wilson argues that evolution has left its traces on characteristics such as generosity, self-sacrifice, worship and the use of sex for pleasure, and proposes a sociobiological explanation of homosexuality. He attempts to complete the Darwinian revolution by bringing biological thought into social sciences and humanities.
David P. Barash and Ilona A. Barash write that On Human Nature is, "A wide-ranging, thoughtful, and controversial classic of human sociobiology, written by the renowned biologist who first brought the discipline into the popular and scientific limelight."
- Wilson, Edward O. (1995). On Human Nature. London: Penguin Books. p. 143. ISBN 0-14-024535-9.
- Gribbin, Mary; Gribbin, John (1993). Being Human: Putting People in an Evolutionary Perspective. London: J. M. Dent. p. 286. ISBN 0-460-86164-6.
- Barash, David P.; Barash, Ilona A. (2001). The Mammal in the Mirror: Understanding Our Place in the Natural World. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. p. 362. ISBN 0-7167-4166-0.
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