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Human Morality and Sociality

Human Morality and Sociality

Henrik Hogh-Olesen | Christophe Boesch | Leda Cosmides


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

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

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
List of Contributors vi
1 Human Mind – Human Kind: An Introduction 1
2 Born Bad? Evaluating the Case against the Evolution of Morality 13
3 Morality and Its Relation to Primate Social Instincts 31
4 Why We Believe: Religion as a Human Universal 58
5 Evolutionary Psychology and Criminal Justice: A Recalibrational Theory of Punishment and Reconciliation 72
6 Patterns of Chimpanzee’s Intergroup Violence 132
7 The Causes of War in Natural and Historical Evolution 160
8 Groups in Mind: The Coalitional Roots of War and Morality 191
9 Homo Sapiens – Homo Socious: A Comparative Analysis of Human Mind and Kind 235
Index 273
A 273
B 273
C 273
D 273
E 273
F 273
G 273
H 273
I 273
K 273
L 273
M 274
O 274
P 274
R 274
S 274
T 274
U 274
W 274
X 274