Jesse J Prinz

Beyond Human Nature

Beyond Human Nature

How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives


We are constantly told that human traits - from aggression to gender differences - are 'hardwired'. In Beyond Human Nature Jesse J. Prinz reveals that it is the societies we live in, not our genes, that determine how we think and feel. From why mental illness differs so widely between cultures to how geography influences morals, from our sexual preferences to how we learn languages, he proves that the vast diversity of behaviour is not ingrained.

This is a book about humanity's power to transcend nature; and one that, ultimately, celebrates our differences.