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Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gottschall (f. 1972) underviser på Washington and Jefferson College i Pennsylvania og er en ledende figur innenfor temaet litteratur og evolusjon. Han har gitt ut syv bøker, men bare gått én kamp i buret. Boka Professoren i buret - Hvorfor menn sloss og hvorfor vi liker å se på lanseres på norsk under Kapittel.

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Jonathan Gottschall is an American literary scholar, the leading younger figure in literature and evolution. He teaches at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. His research at the intersection of science and art has been published in his books, but his work has also been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American Mind, New Scientist, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, Science, BBC Radio and NPR. The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence and the World of Homer (2008) describes the Homeric epic poems Iliad and Odyssey in terms of evolutionary psychology, with the central violent conflicts in these works driven by the lack of young women to marry and the resulting evolutionary legacy, as opposed to the violent conflicts being driven by honour or wealth.

Literature, Science and a New Humanities (2008) advocates that the humanities, and literary studies in particular, need to avail themselves of quantitative and objective methods of inquiry as well as the traditional qualitative and subjective, if they are to produce cumulative, progressive knowledge, and provides a number of case studies that apply quantitative methods to fairy and folk tale around the world to answer questions about human universals and differences. When he was 39, a cage fighting gym opened across from the English Department. He asked myself, "What would Hemingway do?" The answer is in his latest book, The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch (2016).

 

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