Alison Adam has reviewed 'Cultural Evolution' by Tim Lewens in The British Society for Literature and Science.
"In this book Lewens guides us through the various arguments on evolutionary approaches to cultural change, attempting to steer between what one might be tempted to regard as the Scylla of psychological and biological thinking, whose protagonists are keen to extend evolutionary theory to cultural change, and the Charybdis of sociological and historical disciplines, whose protagonists are not. Lewens’s aim appears to be less an attempt to persuade us to one view or other as a philosophy of nature, and more a call to arms. We need to engage with debates over cultural evolution, understand their limitations and use the tools of cultural evolutionary thinking to explore whether a framework for unifying the biological and social sciences might be feasible.".
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