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Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives Hardcover – 26 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713998172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713998177
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This bracing book leads the charge against the idea that genetics explains all ... Compelling ... urgent and persuasive ... sophisticated but never obscure ... "By nature," Prinz concludes, "we transcend nature." (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

From start to finish this book is a fine, balanced, enormously learned and informative blast on the trumpet of common sense and humane understanding. (Simon Blackburn New Statesman)

The nature versus nurture tussle has been running for centuries...into this fervid arena steps Jesse J Prinz...who sets out the arguments made on either side of the debate...before exploring a middle ground...Beyond Human Nature explores the origins of knowledge, language, thought and emotion and argues that there is not one human nature, but many (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)

New York philosopher Jesse Prinz wants to call a halt to the ''century of the gene''. In a new book, Beyond Human Nature, he gathers the arguments of a growing number of scientists who take the side of nurture against nature, in a backlash against the tyranny of DNA (Nick Miller Sydney Morning Herald)

Compelling arguments that cover a vast range of human behaviours ... [easy] to read ... We are not prisoners of our genes. The societies we have created by following careful rules of engagement largely leave us free to act as we see fit, for good - and bad (Robin McKie Guardian)

About the Author

Jesse J. Prinz is currently a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the City University of New York and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught until January 2009. He works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and has produced books and articles on emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness.


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