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Human Nature after Darwin

by Janet Radcliffe Richards
London: Routledge, 2001. 336 pages.

"It is difficult," Janet Radcliffe Richards acknowledges, "to know whether to count [Human Nature after Darwin] as a substantive thesis about the implications of Darwinism with a subsidiary methodological thesis, or a Darwinian introduction to philosophy." Either way, her book is a clear and lively introduction to the debates surrounding the philosophical implications — real and supposed — of evolutionary biology. Reviewing Human Nature after Darwin for Philosophy Now, NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch wrote, "Throughout the book, Radcliffe Richards's philosophical acumen is on vivid display, as is her spritely sense of humor."