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Oh, the Humanity: Linking Biology and Political Behavior

  • Fri, Jan 11 2008
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    • John Hibbing
    • Kevin Smith

Thousands of years ago, Aristotle called humans the "political animal." He engaged in vivisection and was thoroughly convinced of the need to employ biology to understand social and political behavior. In more modern times, E.O. Wilson famously encouraged a "consilience" of the social and life sciences. And for decades a group of scholars has championed the cause of "biopolitics" by pointing out the failings of traditional approaches to the study of politics. Unfortunately, these protestations and scholarly leading lights have had little impact on standard approaches to the study of politics, which, like most pursuits, has…

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