The Use and Abuse of Biology

An Anthropological Critique of Sociobiology
Marshall D. Sahlins
A criticism of sociobiology by one of the world's foremost anthropologists


“Grounded in the logic of cultural anthropology, this book is a highly original contribution to one of the most exciting intellectual debates of our era… Sahlins stands almost alone in clearly and convincingly pointing out the weaknesses of sociobiology’s epistemological presuppositions.”
–Vern Carroll, The University of Michigan
“Sahlins’ book is an extended brief for a simple and cogent argument: human behavior cannot be reduced to biology because culture interposes itself as a unique level between the genotype and the phenotype of human conduct.”
–Stephan Jay Gould, Harvard University

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  • 5.375 x 8.25.
  • 136pp.
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  • Paper
  • 1977
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  • 978-0-472-76600-0

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