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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"Sex/Gender, Language and the New Biologism." Applied Linguistics 32.2 (2010): 173-92.
(17) Heather Looy, "Losing Our Humanity: Biologism, Bad Reduction, and Father Brown," Midwest Quarterly 54, no.
The latter is called by name only at the end; before this, she is mentioned only as the "woman," a fact that underscores Hemingway's consistent "biologism": To Harry, she is only the manifestation of the gender he needs, and not a separate, independent person.
For Derrida, 'one cannot demarcate oneself from biologism, from naturalism, from racism', or oppose them, except by 'reinscribing spirit in an oppositional determination'--i.e., except by separating out something transcendent, in opposition to these cruder objectifications.
Commenting on these passages, Raya Dunayevskaya observed Marx's stress to be on 'the duality in primitive communism' (such as between 'chief' and the 'masses' as well as the 'Man/Woman relations') and 'a critical attitude to both biologism and uncritical evolutionism', concluding that 'whether Marx focused on the equality of women during primitive communism or on Morgan's theory of the gens, his point of concentration always remained that revolutionary praxis through which humanity self-developed from primitive communism to the period in which he lived' (Dunayevskaya 1991, pp.
The Order of Things offers just a few scattered indications of what a non-Kantian episteme might look like, mentioning Nietzsche's "philological critique" and "certain form of biologism", his championing of the "enigmatic multiplicity" of language, and his concentration on the who of discourse, on "the possessor of the word" (Foucault 1970).
A key aspect of this book is its focus on the body and biologism, which are of course issues central to so much of CAM practice but which, Barcan claims, have been marginalized by, particularly, many gender studies-based analyses.
The complication of locating animal in either category, of biologism or zoologism, and human beyond animal also problematize Foucault's notion of biopower/bio-politics, opening a new insight to the fact that the project on biopolitics cannot be sufficiently critical without observation of the relation between animality and sovereignty.
Nevertheless, he publishes nonfiction prose without difficulty, and since his massive La imaginacion y el poder (1998), a solid history of Mexico in 1968, to the weaker biologism of Leer la mente (2011), he is combining his interests in fiction and history, not always successfully, as the reactions to his flawed cultural history El insomnio de Bolivar (2009) prove.
Most of the articles in this 44th edition were contributions to a conference on "humanities between constructivism and biologism" held at the U.
If you're in the latter camp, you have an ally in Raymond Tallis, a retired physician and clinical scientist in the United Kingdom who staunchly opposes biological determinism, or biologism. Biologism's governing idea is that humans are "organisms rather than people," acting only out of innate drives.
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