Fishman, Walda Katz
February 1980
Humanity & Society;Feb80, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p82
Academic Journal
Friederich Engels discussion of biosociology and humanism involves conceptual confusion which must be resolved if one is able to sort out what this approach can offer to humanist sociologists. There are anti-humanist assumptions implicit in biosociology. These assumptions can be exposed by exploring what is meant by the "biological nature of man" and some of the illustrations considered by Elmer. Elmer never clearly states what he means by the "biological nature of man." No sociologist has ever denied that human beings are biological. However, many symbolic interactionists, social definitionists, and others, have stressed that human biology represents a qualitative leap in evolution. The human mind and capacity for intelligence enables humans to think to comprehend and give meaning to their the quality of their lives. It is precisely this qualitative leap contained within the biological nature of man which is the crux of human existence and it is precisely this qualitative leap which biosociology ignores.


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