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Unto others : the evolution and psychology of unselfish behavior

Author: Elliott Sober; David Sloan Wilson; International Society for Science and Religion.
Publisher: [Cambridge] : [International Society for Science and Religion], [2007?] © 1998
Series: ISSR library, no. 218.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Unto Others philosopher Elliott Sober and biologist David Sloan Wilson demonstrate once and for all that unselfish behavior is in fact an important feature of both biological and human nature. Their book provides a panoramic view of altruism throughout the animal kingdom - from self-sacrificing parasites to insects that subsume themselves in the superorganism of a colony to the human capacity for selflessness -  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sober, Elliott.
Unto others.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)605507021
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Sober; David Sloan Wilson; International Society for Science and Religion.
ISBN: 0674930460 9780674930469 0674930479 9780674930476
OCLC Number: 757517374
Notes: "ZZ5 SE01" -- Spine.
Previously published: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.
Description: 394 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Bentham's Corpse --
Evolutionary Altruism --
Altruism as a Biological Concept --
A Unified Evolutionary Theory of Social Behavior --
Adaptation and Multilevel Selection --
Group Selection and Human Behavior --
Human Groups as Adaptive Units --
Psychological Altruism --
Motives as Proximate Mechanisms --
Three Theories of Motivation --
Psychological Evidence --
Philosophical Arguments --
The Evolution of Psychological Altruism --
Conclusion: Pluralism.
Series Title: ISSR library, no. 218.
Responsibility: Elliott Sober, David Sloan Wilson.

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In Unto Others philosopher Elliott Sober and biologist David Sloan Wilson demonstrate once and for all that unselfish behavior is in fact an important feature of both biological and human nature. Their book provides a panoramic view of altruism throughout the animal kingdom - from self-sacrificing parasites to insects that subsume themselves in the superorganism of a colony to the human capacity for selflessness - even as it explains the evolutionary sense of such behavior. Sober and Wilson offer a detailed case study of scientific change as well as an indisputable argument for group selection as a legitimate theory in evolutionary biology.

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