chapter  1
The Theory of Evolution in the Study of Human Behavior: An Introduction and Overview: Charles Crawford
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Early in this century, thinkers such as William James, John Dewey, and Sigmund Freud embraced Darwinism with enthusiasm, but for the past 75 years, a major activity of those involved in the study of human behavior has been "debiologizing" it. Neobehaviorism, social learning theory, cognitive theory, modem psychoanalysis, and, more recently, a variety of postmodemist explanations, as well as politically liberal approaches to the amelioration of social problems, currently dominate the thinking of many academics. Most individuals taking these approaches see little value in ancestral history, human nature, or innate mental mechanisms developing explanations for human behavior.