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THE (NEURO-)BIOLOGY OF ALTRUISTIC PUNISHMENT A Philosophical Investigation of a Concept of Human Social Behavior

Rebekka A., Klein (2008) THE (NEURO-)BIOLOGY OF ALTRUISTIC PUNISHMENT A Philosophical Investigation of a Concept of Human Social Behavior. In: [2008] Biological Explanations of Behavior: Philosophical Perspectives (Hannover, Germany; 12-15 June, 2008).

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    Abstract This paper deals with the experimental model of altruistic punishment and social norm enforcement which has been created in the research field of neuroeconomics recently. By use of this model, neurobiologists and economists investigate the close relationship between neurobiological mechanisms in the brain and specific patterns of human social behavior. They have experimentally shown that the implementation of a punishment tool in social interaction experiments gives empirical evidence for the great impact of non-selfish behavior on social group interaction and individual strategies of cooperation, competition and collective action. The interpretation of this evidence and their impact on social theory is critically questioned in this paper from a philosophical point of view.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: altruistic punishment, neuroeconomics, cooperation, prosociality, philosophical assessment
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Biological Explanations of Behavior: Philosophical Perspectives (Hannover, Germany; 12-15 June, 2008)
    Depositing User: Klein Rebekka
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4054
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4054

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