Evolutionary Psychology and the Historian

11 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2013

Date Written: April 2013


New possibilities have been opened up for historians by a new wave of engagement with biology, or more particularly with human biology, for the study of human history, environmental history, health history, and the co-evolutionary history of humans and other species. This paper critically explores the uses and limits of evolutionary psychology for the study of history by focusing on the particularly intensely discussed phenomenon of incest avoidance.

Keywords: evolutionary psychology, sociobiology, incest, incest avoidance, inbreeding, Westermarck effect, mating systems

Suggested Citation

Scheidel, Walter, Evolutionary Psychology and the Historian (April 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2242306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2242306

Walter Scheidel (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2145
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www,stanford.edu/~scheidel

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