Life history evolution: A biological meta-theory for the social sciences

Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio J Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B.F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley

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Abstract

The social sciences share a mission to shed light on human nature and society. However, there is no widely accepted meta-theory; no foundation from which variables can be linked, causally sequenced, or ultimately explained. This book advances “life history evolution” as the missing meta-theory for the social sciences. Originally a biological theory for the variation between species, research on life history evolution now encompasses psychological and sociological variation within the human species that has long been the stock and trade of social scientific study. The eighteen chapters of this book review six disciplines, eighteen authors, and eighty-two volumes published between 1734 and 2015—re-reading the texts in the light of life history evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages417
ISBN (Electronic)9783319901251
ISBN (Print)9783319901244
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Hertler, S. C., Figueredo, A. J., Peñaherrera-Aguirre, M., Fernandes, H. B. F., & Woodley, M. A. (2018). Life history evolution: A biological meta-theory for the social sciences. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90125-1