This is a book about humanity's power to transcend nature; and one
that, ultimately, celebrates our differences.
Jesse J. Prinz is currently a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the City University of New York and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught until January 2009. He works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and has produced books and articles on emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness.
Compelling ... urgent and persuasive ... This bracing book leads
the charge against the idea that genetics explains all -- James
McConnachie * Sunday Times *
A fine, balanced, enormously learned and informative blast on the trumpet of common sense and humane understanding. -- Simon Blackburn * New Statesman *
The nature versus nurture tussle has been running for centuries, and into this fervid arena steps Jesse J. Prinz ... he explores the origins of knowledge, language, thought and emotion and argues that there is not one human nature, but many -- Carl Wilkinson * Financial Times *
Jesse Prinz wants to call a halt to the "century of the gene" ... in a backlash against the tyranny of DNA -- Nick Miller * Sydney Morning Herald *
Compelling arguments that cover a vast range of human behaviours ... [easy] to read ... We are not prisoners of our genes. The societies we have created by following careful rules of engagement largely leave us free to act as we see fit, for good - and bad -- Robin McKie * Guardian *