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biological determinism

A theory that explains free will as a rationalisation, artefact or epiphenomenon which is biochemically or genetically predetermined. If biological determinism were supported by data, the impact on society and the legal system would be enormous, as a person’s faults and transgressions would be attributed to factors beyond his or her control, and not a manifestation of dysfunction and maladjustment.
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Therefore, in the following paragraphs, this paper examines the construction of sex/gender in more detail, by reviewing the various social constructionist theorists particularly the feminist perspectives and those opposing arguments from the biological determinist point of view.
Importantly, biological determinist approach conceptualizes sex-differentiated roles not only as 'naturally given' but also as largely unchangeable (Coltrane, 1994; Brandser, 1996).
It would be advantageous for Gilad's opponents if he were, as they claim, a banal biological determinist who simply dislikes people according to the lottery of their DNA.
Karkazis's take on John Money is almost sympathetic compared to most academic and popular critiques that demonize him as either a crazed social constructionist or a rigid biological determinist.
In the last two decades, intersex has been a boon for the most disparate theorizing on sex, gender, and sexuality--for both the biological determinists and the social constructionists, those claiming that sex/gender is strictly binary and those advocating its dissolution entirely.
of Massachusetts), who is a licensed psychologist specializing in ADHD, proposes new methods of treatment based on developing self-reliant and collaborative interacting, details the biological determinist position and explains the problems and contradictions of traditional approaches.
Solomon's project is twofold: to characterize Nietzsche's affirmative virtue ethics (as superior to Kantian or Christian morality), and to defend Nietzsche against common moral criticisms, for example, that he is an elitist, a nihilist, a relativist, a proponent of cruelty and delight in suffering, a biological determinist and/or a fatalist, who precludes the possibility of personal responsibility or the cultivation of virtue.
This book is not a "feminist" disquisition of the 1990s, as the title might seem to suggest, but it is a serious rebuttal to extreme biological determinist arguments by a prominent physical anthropologist and was originally published in 1953.
Accessible and intelligent science writing do not often go together, but Bainbridge succeeds, in a book that will certainly appeal to biological determinists.
I choose to be gay and prefer that the biological determinists quit speaking for all gays.
The ongoing debate on the interrelationship among race, socioeconomic status, and social problems has again been brought to the fore by the recent publication of books by biological determinists, most notably The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (Herrnstein & Murray, 1994) and Race, Evolution, and Behavior (Rushton, 1997).
Much as they diverge ideologically, difference feminists and biological determinists share a propensity for sweeping statements based on modest evidence.
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