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B. Are we Inherently Aggressive?

One aspect of the concept of man as a rational animal is an implicit mental model that defines human beings as inherently aggressive and violent. This section contains a critical analysis of a few of the arguments that are often used to promote this idea: that we have an instinct for aggression and territorialism, and that we have ‘violent brains’. An argument that is often put forward to justify war and other acts of violence is that they are determined by a 'killer instinct' in human beings. Some ethologists –scientists who study animal behavior– have proposed the existence of human instincts for territorialism, aggression and war, which they suggest could have been inherited during our evolution from other animal species.

Published in 2. Human Nature