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The Evolutionary Psychology of Human Mating: A Response to Buller's Critique (2014)


In this paper, I critique arguments made by philosopher David Buller against central evolutionary-psychological explanations of human mating. Specifically, I aim to rebut his criticisms of Evolutionary Psychology regarding (1) women's long-term mating preferences for high-status men; (2) the evolutionary rationale behind men's provisioning of women; (3) men's mating preferences for young women; (4) women's adaptation for extra-pair sex; (5) the sex-differentiated evolutionary theory of human jealousy; and (6) the notion of mate value. In sum, I aim to demonstrate that Buller's arguments contra Evolutionary Psychologists are left wanting.

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Authors & Contributors
Richard E. Tremblay
Antonella Tramacere
Smith, Subrena E.
Herzog, Dagmar
Patrick Kirkham
Timm, Annette F.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science as Culture
History of the Human Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Biological Theory
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University Press
University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of Wisconsin Press
University of California Press
Rutgers University Press
Evolutionary psychology
Behavioral sciences
Philosophy of science
Definition of human; human nature
Lovaas, Ole Ivar
Jacob, François
Gould, Stephen Jay
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
South America
United States
North America

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