<history of philosophy, biography> American biologist born in 1929; author of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975) and On Human Nature (1978). Extrapolating from his zoological studies, Wilson promotes the discipline of "sociobiology", offering explanations of human social behavior in strictly biological terms. In Biophilia (1986) Wilson proposes that human appreciation of the natural world is an innate expression of a vital biological aspect of our evolutionary development. Recommended Reading: Edward O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life (Norton, 1999); Edward O. Wilson, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (Random House, 1999); and Ullica Segerstrale, Defenders of the Truth: The Battle for Science in the Sociobiology Debate and Beyond (Oxford, 2000).
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