Evolutiivinen selittäminen ja synnynnäiset ominaisuudet

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Evolutionary Explanation and Innate Characteristics

Evolutionary explanations of certain human behavioural characteristics, and the critics of such explanations, often highlight the characteristics' innateness as a test for the validity of such explanations. The concept of innateness has, however, not been clearly defined, and it has been merely an assumption that the concept has a valid biological basis. In this article I examine the concept of innateness as a biological concept, and discuss several biological phenomena that are often connected with innateness, as well as the relation of the idea of innateness to the evolutionary based way of thinking in biology and to evolutionary explanation. The everyday conception of the nature of innateness is shown to have a little connection with any biological notion or evolutionary explanation, especially in human context.