The Political Theory of Darwinism: Zoon Politikon and the Evolutionary Case for Social Democracy

The Political Theory of Darwinism: Zoon Politikon and the Evolutionary Case for Social Democracy

By: Ian T. King (author), Mark Schantz (foreword_author)Hardback

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This study explores the theoretical impact the evolutionary sciences, in general, and holistic Darwinism in particular, have on any one political ideology that seeks to ground itself within a scientific view of human nature. The text demonstrates how several Marxian ideological principles are quite at odds with the view of human nature espoused by holistic Darwinism, broadly conceived. The author tentatively suggests that it is Social Democracy, as opposed to Marxism or liberal-democratic capitalism, which is the most adaptive political ideology in the twenty-first century.

About Author

Dr. King has been teaching Politics and International Relations at Hendrix College for the past twenty-three years. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: In Pursuit of Zoon Politikon; Part I: Holistic Darwinism: The Major Elements; The Cooperation-Competition Dialectic; The Brain and Human Nature; Cultural Evolution and the Power of "Memes"; Part II: Non-Holistic Darwinism and Politics; Genetic Hard-Wiring, the EEA, and the Persistence of Foundational Political Behaviors; Part III: Marxism and Holistic Darwinism; The Marxian Dialectic and Holistic Darwinism; Revolution and Revolutionary Praxis; Class and Class Struggle; Exploitation and Equality; Initial Motes on Other Marxian Ideological Issues; The Holistic Darwinian Case for Social Democracy; Part IV: Conclusion.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773451407
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 548
  • ID: 9780773451407
  • ISBN10: 0773451404

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