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The Nature-Nurture Problem Revisited: Some Epistemological Topics in Contemporary Psychology

13 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013  

Arnulf Kolstad

Nesna University College

Date Written: September 17, 2013

Abstract

The relative weight assigned to nature versus nurture in different historical eras has varied. There are historical periods and recent traditions in psychology in which there was no place for any interaction, as if biology and culture were independent entities in terms of human development. The misleading character of such a dichotomous formulation has come to be recognized. The former sharp distinction between biology and culture is giving way to the recognition of their interrelationship, though its exact nature is still to be discussed and revealed. The inseparability of the two aspects and how we should understand human development as a result of their mutual interdependences, inspired by cultural-historical psychology is one topic considered in this article.

Keywords: Nature, Nurture, Biology, Culture, Epigenesis, Human, Animals

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Kolstad, Arnulf, The Nature-Nurture Problem Revisited: Some Epistemological Topics in Contemporary Psychology (September 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2327012

Arnulf Kolstad (Contact Author)

Nesna University College ( email )

Nesna, 8700
Norway

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