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Cooperation and its Evolution

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By: Kim Sterelny (Author), Richard Joyce (Author), Brett Calcott (Author), Ben Fraser (Author)

577 pages, 11 b/w illustrations

MIT Press

Hardback | Apr 2013 | #203876 | ISBN-13: 9780262018531
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This collection reports on the latest research on an increasingly pivotal issue for evolutionary biology: cooperation. The chapters are written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and utilize research tools that range from empirical survey to conceptual modeling, reflecting the rich diversity of work in the field. They explore a wide taxonomic range, concentrating on bacteria, social insects, and, especially, humans.

Part I ("Agents and Environments") investigates the connections of social cooperation in social organizations to the conditions that make cooperation profitable and stable, focusing on the interactions of agent, population, and environment. Part II ("Agents and Mechanisms") focuses on how proximate mechanisms emerge and operate in the evolutionary process and how they shape evolutionary trajectories. Throughout Cooperation and Its Evolution, certain themes emerge that demonstrate the ubiquity of questions regarding cooperation in evolutionary biology: the generation and division of the profits of cooperation; transitions in individuality; levels of selection, from gene to organism; and the "human cooperation explosion" that makes our own social behavior particularly puzzling from an evolutionary perspective.


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Biography

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and author of The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique (MIT Press, 2011).

Richard Joyce is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington and author of The Evolution of Morality (MIT Press, 2006).

Brett Calcott is a postdoctoral researcher at Australian National University and coeditor (with Kim Sterelny) of The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited (MIT Press, 2011).

Ben Fraser is a Lecturer in the Philosophy Program at Australian National University.

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