biological determinism

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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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When the Iranian women's rights were more violated and their bodies were more problematized after the Revolution by resort to these kinds of essentialism and biologism and consequently by execution of every article of shari'ah, especially after the beginning of war between Iran and Iraq (1980-88), female activism began to fight against that Vend.
Nietzsche uses many familiar organic analogies, such as the growth of a tree or the emergence of a butterfly from a caterpillar, and the question is whether, in the context of his biologism, they are more than metaphorical.
As Levinas has argued, however, Heidegger's own inability to distinguish Being from Nazi ideology illustrates the inverse problem that transcendence without contours is as dangerous as surrendering to biologism.
Moore begins by questioning Heidegger's dismissal of Nietzsche's "alleged biologism.
He eventually moved from a Freudian bent to a more ethological perspective, but even then never succumbed to a rampant biologism.
The resulting experimental evidence of the causal influence of genetics on behavior directly addresses the interactive issue posed by Hayes (1998) and avoids the problem of biologism raised by Hayes (1998).
Thus the apparent biologism in parapsychology of that period is justified.
Questioning the biologistic reduction to drives of the imagistic and the textual by Freud, leads Roper to question and expose biologism as a "narrative" that supplants the reality of a rich mythic and psychic heritage.
Lacoue-Labarthe interprets this lecture, and also Heidegger's discussion of Nietzsche contra Wagner, as an attempt to recompose Nietzsche's philosophy on an unprecedented scale and to tear Nietzsche away from Nazi biologism (racism) and dogmatism (pp.
The naturalism, indeed biologism, implicit in legal claims about the sanctity of the body and of bodily integrity meshes nicely with consent-based treaty law protecting human rights.
Along the way he entertains several provocative speculations: for instance, that architecture was originally a paradigm for, and preceded, structured thought - or, putting an ethical spin on biologism, that cultural systems not only do but should behave like organisms, notably by imitating their slow, cautious evolution.
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