Evolutionary Psychology

Beyers, Marissa S. & Reber, Jeffrey S. (1998). The illusion of intimacy: A Levinasian critique of evolutionary psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 18 (2):176-192.

Bolhuis, J. J., Brown, G. R., Richardson, R. C., & Laland, K. N. (2011). Darwin in Mind: New Opportunities for Evolutionary Psychology. PLoS Biology, 9(7), e1001109.doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001109 

Braddock, M. C. (2008). Evolutionary psychology’s moral implications. Biology & Philosophy, 24(4), 531–540.doi:10.1007/s10539-008-9136-8 
Comment: I just think this is an important piece, not really a critique per se of evolutionary psychology. See Lewens below for an alternative view.

Buller, D. J. & Hardcastle, V. G. (2000). Evolutionary Psychology, Meet Developmental Neurobiology: Against Promiscuous Modularity. Brain and Mind, 1, 307-325.doi:10.1023/A:1011573226794

Buller, D. J. (2005). Evolutionary psychology: the emperor’s new paradigm. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(6), 277–283.doi:10.1016/j.tics.2005.04.003

Buller, D. J. (2005). Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature. MIT Press.

David, M. (2002). The sociological critique of evolutionary psychology: Beyond mass modularity. New Genetics and Society, 21(3), 303–313.doi:10.1080/14636770216005 

De Jong, H. L., & Van Der Steen, W. J. (1998). Biological thinking in evolutionary psychology: Rockbottom or quicksand? Philosophical Psychology, 11(2), 183–205.doi:10.1080/09515089808573255 

Driscoll, Catherine (2014). Neither Adaptive Thinking nor Reverse Engineering: methods in the evolutionary social sciences. Biology & Philosophy, 30(1), 59-75.doi:10.1007/s10539-014-9466-7

Elman, J. L., Bates, E. A., Johnson, M. H., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Parisi, D. & Plunkett, K. (1996) Rethinking innateness: A connectionist perspective on development. MIT Press.

Fodor, JA (2001). The Mind Doesn’t Work That Way.

Gould, S. J. (1978). Sociobiology: the art of storytelling. New Scientist

Gould, S. J. (1997). Evolution: The Pleasures of Pluralism.

Griffiths, PE (2001). From Adaptive Heuristic to Phylogenetic Perspective: Some Lessons from the Evolutionary Psychology of Emotion in Holcomb III, HR Conceptual Challenges in Evolutionary Psychology: Innovative Research Strategies

Griffiths, Paul E., Evo-devo meets the mind: Toward a developmental evolutionary psychology.

Grossi, G (2014). A module is a module is a module: evolution of modularity in Evolutionary Psychology. Dialectical Anthropology, 38(3), 333-351.doi:10.1007/s10624-014-9355-0

Kaplan, J. M. (2002). Historical Evidence and Human Adaptations. Philosophy of Science, 69(S3), S294–S304. doi:10.1086/341853 

Karmiloff-Smith, Annette (1995). Beyond modularity: a developmental perspective on cognitive science.

Karmiloff-Smith, A., Plunkett, K., Johnson, M. H., Elman, J. L., & Bates, E. A. (1998). What Does It Mean to Claim that Something Is “Innate”? Response to Clark, Harris, Lightfoot and Samuels. Mind and Language, 13(4), 588–597. doi:10.1111/1468-0017.00095 
Comment: Most DST theorists take a different view on innateness

Kelly, S (2014). Tofu feminism: can feminist theory absorb evolutionary psychology? Dialectical Anthropology, 38(3), 287-304.doi:10.1007/s10624-104-9353-2

Levy, N. (2004). Evolutionary Psychology, Human Universals, and the Standard Social Science Model. Biology & Philosophy, 19(3), 459–472.doi:10.1023/b:biph.0000036111.64561.63 

Lewens, T. (2003). Prospects for Evolutionary Policy. Philosophy, 78(04).doi:10.1017/s0031819103000457
Comment: I just think this is an important piece, not really a critique per se of evolutionary psychology. See Braddock above for an alternative view.

Lickliter, R., & Honeycutt, H. (2003). Developmental Dynamics: Toward a Biologically Plausible Evolutionary Psychology. Psychological Bulletin, 129(6), 819–835. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.129.6.819 

Lloyd, Elisabeth A. (1999). Evolutionary Psychology: The Burdens of ProofBiology and Philosophy 14 (2):211-233.

Marks, J. (2012). The biological myth of human evolution. Contemporary Social Science. 7(2), 139-157.doi:10.1080/21582041.2012.691989

Nash, A (2014). Are stone-age genes created out of whole cloth? Evaluating claims about the evolution of behavior. Dialectical Anthropology, 38(3), 305-332.doi:0.1007/s10624-014-9354-1

Parameswaran, G. (2014). Are evolutionary psychology assumptions about sex and mating behaviors valid? A historical and cross-cultural exploration. Dialectical Anthropology, 38(3), 353–373. doi:10.1007/s10624-014-9356-z 

Ratcliffe, M. (2010). An epistemological problem for evolutionary psychology. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. 19(1), 47-63.doi:10.1080/02698590500051126

Rellihan, M (2011). Adaptationism and adaptive thinking in evolutionary psychology. Philosophy Psychology, 25(2), 1-33.doi:10.1080/09515089.2011.579416

Richardson, RC (2007). Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology. Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology

Rose H, Rose S (2001). Alas Poor Darwin: Arguments Against Evolutionary Psychology. Vintage.

Samuels, R. (1998). Evolutionary Psychology and the Massive Modularity Hypothesis. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 49(4), 575–602.doi:10.1093/bjps/49.4.575 

Saravathy, S. D. (2004). Founding moral reasoning on evolutionary psychology: A critique and an alternative. The Ruffin Series of the Society for Business Ethics 2004:135-144.

Scher, S. J. & Rauscher, F. (eds.) (2002). Evolutionary Psychology: Alternative Approaches. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Schlinger, H. D. (1996). What’s Wrong With Evolutionary Explanations of Human Behavior? Behavior and Social Issues, 6(1), 35-54.doi: 10.5210/bsi.v6i1.280

Stich, Stephen P. & Mallon, Ron (2000). The odd couple: The compatibility of social construction and evolutionary psychology. Philosophy of Science 67 (1):133-154.

Symons, D. (1989). A critique of Darwinian anthropology. Ethology and Sociobiology. 10(1-3), 131-144.doi:10.1016/0162-3095(89)90016-2

Swami, V. (2007). Evolutionary Psychology: ‘New Science of the Mind’ or ‘Darwinian Fundamentalism’? Historical Materialism, 15(4), 105-136.doi:10.1163/156920607X245850

Wilson, D. S., Dietrich, E., & Clark, A. B. (2003). On the inappropriate use of the naturalistic fallacy in evolutionary psychology. Biology & Philosophy, 18(5), 669–681.doi:10.1023/a:1026380825208 

Response to Pinker’s The Blank Slate

Ludvig, EA (2003). Why Pinker Needs Behaviorism: A Critique of the Blank Slate. Behavior and Philosophy, 31, 139-143.

Specific Evo-Psycho Arguments

Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory



Ward T & Siegert R (2002). Rape and evolutionary psychology: a critique of Thornhill and Palmer’s theory. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 7, 145-168.doi:10.1016/S1359-1789(00)00042-2

Sex Difference

Gilding, M. (2009). Paternity Uncertainty and Evolutionary Psychology: How a Seemingly Capricious Occurrence Fails to Follow Laws of Greater Generality. Sociology, 43(1), 140–157.doi:10.1177/0038038508099102

Haufe, C. (2007). Sexual selection and mate choice in evolutionary psychology. Biology & Philosophy, 23(1), 115–128. doi:10.1007/s10539-007-9071-0 


Leiber, J. (2006). Instinctive Incest Avoidance: A Paradigm Case for Evolutionary Psychology Evaporates. Theory for Social Behavior, 36(4), 369-388.doi:10.1111/j.1468-5914.2006.00313.x

Jackson, J. P. (2016). Cross-cultural Research, Evolutionary Psychology, and Racialism: Problems and Prospects. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 8.doi:10.3998/ptb.6959004.0008.002

Kirkpatrick, L. A. & Navarette, C. D. (2010). Reports of My Death Anxiety Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: A Critique of Terror Management Theory from an Evolutionary Perspective. Psychological Inquiry, 17(4), 288-298.doi:10.1080/10478400701366969

Nakao, H. & Andrews, K. (2014). Ready to Teach or Ready to Learn: A Critique of the Natural Pedagogy Theory. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 5(4), 465-483.doi:10.1007/s13164-014-0187-2

Varga, S. (2011). Evolutionary psychiatry and depression: testing two hypotheses. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 15(1), 41–52.doi:10.1007/s11019-010-9305-9

Human Nature

Ghiselin, M. T. (1997). Metaphysics and the origins of species. Albany: State University of New York Press

Hull, D. L. (1986). On human nature. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennal Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, 2, 3–13