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Why the Economic Conception of Human Behaviour Might Lack a Biological Basis

Vromen, Jack J (2003) Why the Economic Conception of Human Behaviour Might Lack a Biological Basis. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 18 (3). pp. 297-323. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In several recent papers Arthur Robson sketches evolutionary scenarios in order to explain why we humans evolved hard-wired utility functions and the capacity to choose flexibly on the basis of them. These scenarios are scrutinized minutely in the paper. It is pointed out that Robson ignores several relevant insightful ideas and distinctions that have surfaced in other contemporary evolutionary theorizing. A somewhat different picture of human behavior emerges once these ideas and distinctions are taken seriously.


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Vromen, Jack JVromen@fwb.eur.nl
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: biological evolution, human behavior, hard-wired utility functions, evolved psychological mechanisms, modules, fast and frugal heuristics
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 18:22
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 21:30
Item ID: 10521
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.431
Date: 2003
Page Range: pp. 297-323
Volume: 18
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10521

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