A book by August Hoffman, professor, psychology, was accepted for publication by Lexington Publishers in May, 2015 and is scheduled for release this month. Philosophical Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology explores the philosophical history of human behaviors and makes an argument for the evolution of prosocial behaviors and community engagement.
According to Hoffman, the motivation for writing the book was to determine the roots of human behaviors—both prosocial and antagonistic. He found that humans have a profound capacity for engaging in the common good when provided with opportunity, but are also capable of destructive behaviors when those opportunities are not available.
“The good news is that we can curb and reduce gratuitous violence and, more importantly, we can help reduce ethnocentric ideologies and hate crimes using social engineering and community service work opportunities,” says Hoffman.