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Making Sense of Heritability

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: November 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511131387

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  • In this book, Neven Sesardic defends the view that it is both possible and useful to measure the separate contributions of heredity and environment to the explanation of human psychological differences. He critically examines the view - very widely accepted by scientists, social scientists and philosophers of science - that heritability estimates have no causal implications and are devoid of any interest. In a series of clearly written chapters he introduces the reader to the problems and subjects the arguments to close philosophical scrutiny. His conclusion is that anti-heritability arguments are based on conceptual confusions and misunderstandings of behavioural genetics. His book is a fresh and compelling intervention in a very contentious debate.

    • A controversial study of the relationship between heritability, race and IQ
    • Challenges the widespread views of scientists and philosophers of science
    • An accessible, jargon-free examination of heritability
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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511131387
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The nature-nurture debate: a premature burial?
    2. A tangle of interactions: separating genetic and environmental influences
    3. Lost in correlations? Direct and indirect genetic causes
    4. From individuals to groups: genetics and race
    5. Genes and malleability
    6. Science and sensitivity
    7. Conclusions.

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    Neven Sesardic, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

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