Exciting new developments in behavioral biology are creating an intellectual revolution in the study of human behavior and are causing social scientists to reassess the ways in which they approach their disciplines. This book examines how these new findings are likely to transform and shape anthropology, sociology, economics, and political science in the coming decade. The book begins with an overview of the rapidly changing relationship between biological and social studies. In successive sections, well-known social scientists, biologists, and philosophers address the theoretical challenges involved in incorporating material from sociobiology, ecology, genetics, and psychophysiology into their own disciplines' approaches to the analysis of human behavior. The concluding chapters examine specific methodological problems and related issues.

part 1|8 pages


chapter 1|6 pages

Is a Revolution Brewing in the Social Sciences?

ByThomas C. Wiegele

part 2|44 pages

The General Relationship Between Biology and the Social Sciences

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part 2

Edited ByThomas C. Wiegele

chapter 2|16 pages

Bridging the Paradigms: Biology and the Social Sciences

ByPierre L. van den Berghe

chapter 3|16 pages

The Concepts of Disciplines and Antidisciplines

ByEdward O. Wilson

chapter 4|8 pages

The Social Sciences Cannot Be Unified with Biology

ByCharles Frankel

part 3|71 pages


chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part 3

Edited ByThomas C. Wiegele

chapter 5|17 pages

Culture and Sociobiology

ByJerome H. Barkow

chapter 6|18 pages

Toward a Coevolutionary Theory of Human Biology and Culture

ByWilliam H. Durham

chapter 7|23 pages

Human Behavior and the Behavior of Other Animals

ByS. L. Washburn

chapter 8|5 pages

Anthropology and the Nature of Things

ByNapoleon A. Chagnon

part 4|60 pages


chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part 4

Edited ByThomas C. Wiegele

chapter 9|16 pages

Economics As a Not Very Biological Science

ByKenneth E. Boulding

chapter 10|40 pages

Economics from a Biological Viewpoint

ByJack Hirshleifer

part 5|71 pages

Political Science

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part 5

Edited ByThomas C. Wiegele

chapter 11|11 pages

Overcoming Pre-Behavioralism in Political Science

ByJohn C. Wahlke

chapter 12|22 pages

Politics as a Biological Phenomenon

ByRoger D. Masters

chapter 13|21 pages

Politics as a Life Science

How and Why the Impact of Modern Biology Will Revolutionize the Study of Political Behavior
ByGlendon Schubert

chapter 14|9 pages

The Future of Biopolitics

ByThomas C. Wiegele

part 6|61 pages


chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part 6

Edited ByThomas C. Wiegele

chapter 15|15 pages

The Decline and Fall of Sociology, 1975–2000

ByLee Ellis

chapter 16|4 pages

Reflections on a Premature Burial

ByDavid P. Barash

chapter 17|6 pages

Sociobiology vs. Biosociology

ByJohn H. Kunkel

chapter 18|3 pages

Sociology and Sociobiology

ByGerhard Lenski

chapter 19|3 pages

A Somewhat Sympathetic Response to Ellis

ByPierre L. van den Berghe

chapter 20|4 pages

Rejoinder to My Critics

ByLee Ellis

chapter 21|12 pages

Biological Explanation in Sociology

ByAllan Mazur

chapter 22|7 pages

Sociobiology or Balanced Biosocial Theory?

ByJohn D. Baldwin, Janice I. Baldwin

part 7|48 pages

Biology and the Social Sciences: Problems and Questions

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Part 7

Edited ByThomas C. Wiegele

chapter 23|12 pages

A Marxist View of Biology and the Social Sciences

ByPiotr Fedoseev

chapter 24|14 pages

Sociobiology as an Adaptationist Program

ByR. C. Lewontin

chapter 25|18 pages

Methodological Problems Associated with a Biologically Oriented Social Science

BySteven A. Peterson, Albert Somit