Human Morality and Sociality: Evolutionary and Comparative Perspectives

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Human nature is enigmatic. Are we cruel, selfish creatures or good merciful Samaritans? This book takes you on a journey into the complexities of human mind and kind, from altruism, sharing, and large-scale cooperation, to cheating, distrust, and warfare. What are the building blocks of morality and sociality?

Featuring contributions from leading researchers, such as Christophe Boesch, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, Azar Gat, Dennis Krebs, Ara Norenzayan, and Frans B. M. de Waal,...

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Overview

Human nature is enigmatic. Are we cruel, selfish creatures or good merciful Samaritans? This book takes you on a journey into the complexities of human mind and kind, from altruism, sharing, and large-scale cooperation, to cheating, distrust, and warfare. What are the building blocks of morality and sociality?

Featuring contributions from leading researchers, such as Christophe Boesch, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, Azar Gat, Dennis Krebs, Ara Norenzayan, and Frans B. M. de Waal, this fascinating interdisciplinary reader draws on evolutionary and comparative perspectives, and is essential reading for any students interested in the unique characteristics that define humanity and society.

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"This is a diverse title which provides direct insights from leading experts in the field. There are few books with a specific focus on morality and social behaviours from an evolutionary psychology perspective and this reader fills a gap in the literature." - Dr James Stiller, Nottingham Trent University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230238008
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

HENRIK HOGH-OLESEN is Professor and Head of Department for Social and Personality Psychology at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is also Co-editor of Journal of Anthropological Psychology

CHRISTOPHE BOESCH is Professor and Director of the Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany

LEDA COSMIDES is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she co-founded and now co-directs the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology

DENNIS L. KREBS is Professor of Psychology Simon Frazer University, Vancouver

ARA NORENZAYAN is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

JOHN TOOBY, is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he co-founded and now co-directs the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology

FRANS B.M DE WAAL is Professor of Psychology at Emory University, Atlanta and is Director of the Living Links, Center for the Advanced Study of Ape and Human Evolution

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vi

1 Human Mind - Human Kind: An Introduction Henrik H?gh-Olesen 1

2 Born Bad? Evaluating the Case against the Evolution of Morality Dennis Krebs 13

3 Morality and Its Relation to Primate Social Instincts Frans B. M. de Waal 31

4 Why We Believe: Region as a Human Universal Ara Norenzayan 58

5 Evolutionary Psychology and Criminal Justice: A Recalibrational Theory of Punishment and Reconciliation Michael Bang Petersen Aaron Sell John Tooby Leda Cosmides 72

6 Patterns of Chimpanzee's Intergroup Violence Christophe Boesch 132

7 The Causes of War in Natural and Historical Evolution Azar Gat 160

8 Groups in Mind: The Coalitional Roots of War and Morality John Tooby Leda Cosmides 191

9 Homo Sapiens-Homo Socious: A Comparative Analysis of Human Mind and Kind Henrik H?gh-Olesen 235

Index 272

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