Darwin versus marx? reflections on a book by Giovanni Jervis

Author/s Luigi Cavallaro
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/3 Language Italian
Pages 15 P. 315-329 File size 373 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2010-003002
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Giovanni Jervis’ 2002 book Individualismo e cooperazione. Psicologia della politica [Individualism and Cooperation: Psychology of Politics] is the outcome of a critical reflection begun by the author at the end of the 1970s in order to explore the manifestations and the problems of cooperation between individuals, and to identify some "universal" psychological factors that could define the role of psychology within politics and constitute an "objective foundation" of any human culture. Although Jervis was, so to speak, favoring Darwin against Marx, it is argued that, from his overall reasoning, several of his arguments actually are in favor of the inevitable "historicity" of individuals, due to the social conditioning they are subjected since birth: too often certain "universalistic" approaches transmit, together with scientific advances (or even without them), well identifiable ideological motives linked to precise and well defined historical and economical interests.

Keywords: Individualism, cooperation, psychology of politics, Darwin, Marx

Luigi Cavallaro, Darwin versus Marx? Note in margine a un libro di Giovanni Jervis in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 3/2010, pp 315-329, DOI: 10.3280/PU2010-003002