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The Pleistocene Social Contract

Kim Sterelny

in The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197531389
eISBN:
9780197531419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197531389.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter has three aims (i) it introduces the reader to the evolutionary puzzle of cooperation: why it is relatively rare despite its potential profits; (ii) it offers an account of the ... More


The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution

Kim Sterelny

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197531389
eISBN:
9780197531419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197531389.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

No human now gathers for himself or herself the essential resources for life: food, shelter, clothing and the like. Humans are obligate co-operators, and this has been true for tens of thousands of ... More


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