Neoteny—the retention of juvenile traits in human adults, traits that characterize to some extent our juvenile or fetal evolutional ancestors—has been acknowledged, especially recently, as a decisive factor in human evolution. Such juvenile traits were insightfully understood by an eminent psychoanalyst, Donald Winnicott, in revealing how playing, for instance, plays a decisive role in the mental growth of children and, no less, in human coping with reality and in developing our culture, sciences, philosophy, and arts. From a panenmentalist viewpoint, I explicate what are the profound philosophical grounds for the great contributions of neoteny for us.
|Title of host publication||Synthese Library|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media B.V.|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 2020|
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- History and Philosophy of Science
- Language and Linguistics