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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Subsequent debates about different strains of biodeterminism take place in the shadow of this horrible fact.
Perry soon sets his sights on the intelligence test, the subject of some of the most prominent biodeterminism controversies of recent decades.
Given that the focus of this paper inter alia is about a recurrent critique, in the field of mental health, of crude and axiomatic biodeterminism, it is pertinent to note the biological roots of GST.
But against Mencken's condescending and classist biodeterminism, Daniels shows an awareness that it is the stifling effects of a socially and economically deprived condition that have converged to make him "a walking body bag of stifled / affect." In his unreflectiveness, the world will always remain untranslated, since he cannot translate his marginalized past into a future that is culturally valued, but will be continually misled into a working-class existence "broken off below the quick" (49).
Particularly, he takes exception to the theories of biodeterminism that attempt to explain away low achievement by inner city Blacks.
Indeed, if biodeterminism is true, humanism is largely a mistake.
And it is curious that the white advocates of biodeterminism conveniently forget that, for centuries, whites from all walks of life argued that blacks were athletically inferior to whites.