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How cooperation became the norm

Birch, Jonathan (2014) How cooperation became the norm. [Preprint]

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Most of the contributions to Cooperation and Its Evolution grapple with the distinctive challenges presented by the project of explaining human sociality. Many of these puzzles have a ‘chicken and egg’ character: our virtually unparalleled capacity for large-scale cooperation is the product of psychological, behavioural, and demographic changes in our recent evolutionary history, and these changes are linked by complex patterns of reciprocal dependence. There is much we do not yet understand about the timing of these changes, and about the order in which different aspects of human social psychology (co-)evolved. In this review essay, I discuss four such puzzles the volume raises. These concern punishment and norm-psychology, moral judgement and the moral emotions, hierarchy and top-down coercion, and property rights and legal systems.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Birch, Jonathanjgb37@cam.ac.uk
Additional Information: Critical notice of Sterelny et al. (eds): Cooperation and Its Evolution. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2013.
Keywords: Human evolution; cooperation; norms; punishment; morality; emotions; hierarchy; property
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology and Archaeology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Economics
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Birch
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 19:51
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 19:51
Item ID: 10594
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10539-...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10539-013-9409-8
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology and Archaeology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Economics
Date: 3 April 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10594

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