The Tangled Wing

The Tangled Wing : Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit

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Why do we behave as we do, and how are we to judge this behaviour in terms of right and wrong, good and evil, natural and unnatural? On the answers to these questions, whole systems of religion, law and government have been founded. Now, science has begun to address these same questions, offering data that is both exciting and controversial. Specifically concerned with the biological bases of human behaviour and human emotions, this book is a treatment of materials that have often been misused and exploited for questionable ends.show more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 23mm | 337g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index
  • 0140176063
  • 9780140176063

Table of contents

Part 1 Foundations of a science of human nature: the quest for the natural; adaptation; the crucible; the fabric of meaning; the several humours; the beast with two backs; the well of feeling; logos. Part 2 Of human frailty: rage; fear; joy; lust; love; grief; gluttony. Part 3 The modification of behaviour: change. Part 4 Human nature and the human future: the prospect. Part 5 The tangled wing: the dawn of wonder.show more

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