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: Suggested Citation