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Life History Evolution

A Biological Meta-Theory for the Social Sciences

Benefits

  • Uses a novel approach wherein the works of leading and founding geographers, demographers, historians, anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists are re-read using life history evolution

  • Highlights the untold unity among the social sciences, showing that the various disciplines which fall under the term are connected by more than just an interest in human nature

  • Proposes that life history evolution is an integral element throughout the social sciences

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
    Pages 1-22
  3. Huntington, Crosby, and Baker

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 25-42
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 43-56
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 57-69
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 71-74
  4. Price, Malthus, and Landers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 77-90
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 91-104
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 105-121
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 123-126
  5. Toynbee, McNeill, and Casey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 129-141
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 143-155
    4. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 157-173
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 175-179
  6. Murdock, Keeley, and Harris

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 183-196
    3. Steven C. Hertler, Aurelio José Figueredo, Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre, Heitor B. F. Fernandes, Michael A. Woodley of Menie
      Pages 197-211

About this book

Introduction

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. 

Keywords

Life History Theory Biological Evolution Behavioral Ecology Biological Life Cycle Evolutionary Developmental Psychology Human Behavioral Ecology Biodemography

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.College of Saint ElizabethMorristownUSA
  2. 2.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.University of ArizonaTucsonCanada
  4. 4.University of ArizonaTusconUSA
  5. 5.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

About the authors

Steven C. Hertler is a licensed examining psychologist and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth, USA. 

Aurelio José Figueredo is Professor of Psychology, Family Studies and Human Development, and serves as Director of the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory within the Graduate Program in Cognition and Neural Systems at the University of Arizona, USA.

Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre is a PhD student in the Cognitive and Neural Systems Program, and a researcher in the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory at the University of Arizona, USA.

Heitor B. F. Fernandes is a PhD student at the University of Arizona, USA, where he functions as part of the Anxiety Research Group, and the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology Lab.

Michael A. Woodley of Menie is Fellow with the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

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