© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156920607X245850 Historical Materialism 15 (2007) 105–136 www.brill.nl/hima Evolutionary Psychology: ‘New Science of the Mind’ or ‘Darwinian Fundamentalism’? Viren Swami Department of Psychology, University of Westminster firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract As practitioners of a putative science of the mind, evolutionary psychologists have earned a degree of cachet with their provocative and sometimes controversial pronouncements about human nature and behaviour. In this article, I brieﬂy survey the history of an evolutionary approach to the psychological sciences before considering the core assumptions of the ﬁeld that has come to be known as ‘evolutionary psychology’. By examining one particular example of evolutionary psychological research – on interpersonal attraction – I ﬁnd this ‘new science of the mind’ to be lacking. Rather, I propose that developmental systems theory, buﬀered by a reconsideration of the dialectical sciences, oﬀers a more comprehensive and rigorous approach to psychology. I further propose that historical materialists and those on the Left generally should take a keen interest in these issues as they have a bearing on social and political outcomes. Keywords evolutionary psychology, developmental systems theory, dialectical sciences, sociobiology Were Charles Darwin still alive today, I am convinced he would be surprised at
Historical Materialism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: SOCIOBIOLOGY; DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS THEORY; EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY; DIALECTICAL SCIENCES
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