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Selective Advantages of Guilt

Rosenstock, Sarita and O'Connor, Cailin (2016) Selective Advantages of Guilt. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Using results from evolutionary game theory, we analyze the conditions under which guilt can provide individual fitness benefits to actors, and so evolve. In particular, we focus on the individual benefits of guilty apology. We find that guilty apology is more likely to evolve in cases where actors interact repeatedly over long periods of time, where the costs of apology are low or moderate, and where guilt is hard to fake.


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Rosenstock, Saritarosensts@uci.edu
O'Connor, Cailincailino@uci.edu
Keywords: guilt, evolutionary game theory, prisoner's dilemma, iterated prisoner's dilemma, apology, moral emotions, naturalized ethics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. Cailin O'Connor
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 21:56
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 21:56
Item ID: 11958
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: March 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11958

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