From Darwinism to Sociobiology

(class leader: Professor Pietro Corsi)

This advanced graduate class is designed to explore issues in the history of evolutionary theory that have played a major role in debates about politics and society. Conversely, attention will be paid to discussions among biologists and philosophers of biology on the broader ideological assumptions and preconceptions attributed to the one or the other of the major theoreticians of sociobiology, evolutionary ethics and psychology, evolutionary politics and evolutionary medicine. The introductory reading list below will be integrated with more specific readings assigned following class and presentation work by participants. Students may wish to consult the bibliography of the advanced paper “Evolution and Society, 1700-1900”, for studies on evolutionary theories during the nineteenth century.