David J. Buller
Department of Philosophy
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115


Office: Zulauf 902
Hours: by appointment

Research and Publications

Work in Progress

Book Manuscript: First-Order Logic: A Philosophical Introduction.


Authored: Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press/Bradford Books, 2005.

Edited: Function, Selection, and Design. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, Series in Philosophy and Biology, 1999.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Human Nature." In Arguing About Human Nature: Contemporary Debates (pp. 35-63). Eds. Stephen M. Downes and Edouard Machery. New York: Routledge, 2013. (Selected excerpts from Adapting Minds, pp. 419-480.)

"Does the Research Support Evolutionary Accounts of Female Mating Preferences? NO." In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues, 17th ed. (pp. 341-354). Ed. Brent Slife. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. (Selected excerpts from Adapting Minds, pp. 228-250.)

"Does the Research Support Evolutionary Accounts of Female Mating Preferences? NO." In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Psychological Issues, 16th ed. (pp. 55-68). Ed. Brent Slife. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011. (Selected excerpts from Adapting Minds, pp. 228-250.)

"Evolutionspsykologi: en Kritik." Fronesis 35 (2011): 111-131. (Swedish translation of "Evolutionary Psychology: A Critique," translated by Anna Dorisdotter.)

"Varieties of Evolutionary Psychology." In Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology (pp. 255-274). Eds. Michael Ruse and David L. Hull. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

"Evolutionary Psychology: A Critique." In Conceptual Issues in Evolutionary Biology, 3rd edition (pp. 197-214)). Ed. Elliott Sober. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

"Get Over: Massive Modularity" (review essay of David E. Over, ed., Evolution and the Psychology of Thinking). Biology and Philosophy 20 (2005): 881-891.

"The Emperor Is Still Under-dressed" (with Jerry Fodor and Tessa L. Crume). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, forthcoming in November 2005. (This is a reply to correspondence to TiCS in response to the article below from: Cosmides, Tooby, Fiddick, and Bryant; Buss and Haselton; and Daly and Wilson.)

"Evolutionary Psychology: The Emperor's New Paradigm." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9 (2005): 277-283.

"Function and Design Revisited." In Functions: New Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology and Biology (pp. 222-243). Eds. André Ariew, Robert Cummins, and Mark Perlman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

"Evolutionary Psychology, Meet Developmental Neurobiology: Against Promiscuous Modularity" (with Valerie Gray Hardcastle). Brain and Mind, 1 (2000): 307-325.

"A Guided Tour of Evolutionary Psychology." In A Field Guide to the Philosophy of Mind. Eds. Marco Nani and Massimo Marraffa. "An official electronic publication of the Department of Philosophy of University of Rome 3," 2000.

"DeFreuding Evolutionary Psychology: Adaptation and Human Motivation." In Where Biology Meets Psychology: Philosohical Essays (pp. 99-114). Ed. Valerie Gray Hardcastle. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press/Bradford Books, 1999.

"Natural Teleology." In Function, Selection, and Design (pp. 1-27). Ed. David J. Buller. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1999.

"Etiological Theories of Function: A Geographical Survey." Biology and Philosophy 13 (1998): 505-527. (Also reprinted in Function, Selection, and Design.)

"Individualism and Evolutionary Psychology (or: In Defense of 'Narrow' Functions)." Philosophy of Science 64 (1997): 74-95.

"On the 'Standard' Argument for Fatalism." Philosophical Papers 24 (1995): 111-125.

"Confirmation and the Computational Paradigm (or: Why Do You Think They Call It Artificial Intelligence?)." Minds and Machines 3 (1993): 155-181.

"The New Paradox of Temporal Transience" (with Thomas R. Foster). Philosophical Quarterly 42 (1992): 357-366.

"'Narrow'-Mindedness Breeds Inaction." Behavior and Philosophy 20 (1992): 59-70.

Replies, Book Reviews, and Encyclopedia Entries

Review of Chase Wrenn's Truth. Teaching Philosophy (forthcoming).

"Evolutionary Psychology." In Evolution: The First Four Billion Years (pp. 557-560). Eds. Michael Ruse and Joseph Travis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

"Speculation Disguised as Results: Review of Robert Richardson, Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology," Ethology 114 (2008): 934-936.

"Life After Evolutionary Psychology" (reply to multiple review of Adapting Minds by Stephen Downes, Kevin Laland, and Gary Marcus). Metascience 16 (2007): 1-24.

"Function and Teleology." In Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. London: Macmillan, 2001.

Review of Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge (eds. Christopher Lawrence and Steven Shapin). American Journal of Human Biology 12 (2000): 144-146.

Magazine Articles, Newspaper Articles, and Interviews

"Four Fallacies of Pop Evolutionary Psychology." In What Makes Us Human? (Scientific American Special Collector's Edition, Winter 2013), pp. 44-51.

"Four Fallacies of Pop Evolutionary Psychology." Scientific American 300:1 (2009), pp. 74-81.

"Human Nature." Interview by Barry Seidman for "Equal Time for Freethought," WBAI-NY, February 11, 2007.

"Sex, Jealousy, and Violence: A Skeptical Look at Evolutionary Psychology." Skeptic 12/1 (2005), pp. 46-57.

"Making Modern Minds." New Scientist, September 10, 2005, pp. 48-50.

"Psyching Out Evolutionary Psychology: Interview with David J. Buller" (by J.R. Minkel). Scientific American Online Edition, July 2005.

"Prisoners of the Pleistocene? Not Quite." National Post (Canada), July 7, 2005, p. A18.