33 pages 1 hour read

Edward O. Wilson

On Human Nature

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 1978

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Essay Topics


Outline Edward O. Wilson’s treatment of genetic determinism throughout On Human Nature and how it interacts with learned behavior through the lens of traditional gender roles. How does our contemporary understanding of gender deconstruct Wilson’s argument?


Outline how Wilson deals with the “nature versus nurture” (genetic inheritance versus cultural evolution) paradox. What is your opinion of the topic?


How does Wilson demonstrate the necessity of synthesizing the natural sciences and the social sciences and humanities (as framed in the Preface and Chapter 1)?