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Essentialism and Human Nature

  1. Elisabeth A Lloyd1,
  2. Stephen J Crowley2

Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003453

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How to Cite

Lloyd, E. A. and Crowley, S. J. 2003. Essentialism and Human Nature. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

  2. 2

    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAY 2003

Abstract

Current scientific attempts to characterize human nature have roots in a philosophic view of kinds that is inapplicable to any species in the wake of Darwin's work on evolution by natural selection.

Keywords:

  • evolution;
  • philosophy;
  • evolutionary psychology;
  • behavioural ethology;
  • human nature