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Title:
A zoologist looks at humankind
Author:
Portmann, Adolf, 1897-1982.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Zoologie und das neue Bild des Menschen. English
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
viii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Zoologie und das neue Bild des Menschen.

Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780231061940
Format :
Book

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Central Library GN281 .P6713 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Portmann, a Swiss zoologist, argues against investigating human nature only through biological comparison to other animals, and suggests concentration on our uniqueness as a species. He describes two concepts of evolution--the biological and the historical--and argues that we must go beyond the mechanism of mutation in order to understand our origins. Beautifully conceived and executed, but Portmann, in his desire to define the particularly "human", implicitly and unjustly diminishes the uniqueness and complexity of other animal species. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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