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Adaptable, Cooperative, Manipulative, and Rivalrous

Paul Seabright

in A Different Kind of Animal: How Culture Transformed Our Species

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691195902
eISBN:
9781400888528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691195902.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores economist Paul Seabright's argument that there is a “darker dimension to what makes us human,” which Robert Boyd largely leaves aside. Human beings are the most ecologically ... More


The Incentive‐Compatibility Desideratum

Christian List and Philip Pettit

in Group Agency: The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199591565
eISBN:
9780191725494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591565.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A second desideratum of good organizational design is incentive compatibility. This is satisfied to the extent that group members are given incentives to act in a way that supports an expected mode ... More


Blame It on Sex

Jon D. Wisman

in The Origins and Dynamics of Inequality: Sex, Politics, and Ideology

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780197575949
eISBN:
9780197575970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197575949.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter addresses the ultimate driver of competition—sexual selection, the root biological force generating inequality. Like other animals, humans must solve the ecological problems necessary ... More


Cooperativeness as a Virtue of Sustainability: Laura M. Hartman

Jason Kawall (ed.)

in The Virtues of Sustainability

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190919818
eISBN:
9780190919856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190919818.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Cooperativeness, although mentioned by environmental philosophers, has not received adequate attention from scholars of environmental virtue. I seek to remedy this neglect by exploring the virtue’s ... More


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