Unto Others by Elliott Sober
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Unto Others
By Elliott Sober

Unto Others

The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior

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Unto Others by Elliott Sober

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No matter what we do, however kind or generous our deeds may seen, a hidden motive of selfishness lurks - or so science has claimed for years. This book tells readers differently. The authors demonstrate that unselfish behaviour 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 in the superorganism of a colony to the human capacity for selflessness - even as it explains the evolutionary sense of such behaviour. Explaining how altruistic behaviour can evolve by natural selection, this book gives credence to the idea of group selection that was originally proposed by Darwin but denounced as heretical in the 1960s. It takes an evolutionary approach in explaining the ultimate psychological motives behind unselfish human behaviour. Developing a theory of the proximate mechanisms that most likely evolved to motivate adaptive helping behaviour, the authors show how people and perhaps other species evolved the capacity to care for others as a goal in itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674930476
ISBN-10: 0674930479
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Ockham's Razors by Elliott Sober Ockham's Razors, Hardback (July 2015)

This book uses philosophy, science and probability to analyse why simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex.

Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? by Elliott Sober Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?, Paperback (December 2010)

Collects philosophical essays on Darwin. This title raises such questions as: Did Charles Darwin reject the idea that group selection causes characteristics to evolve that are good for the group but bad for the individual? How does Darwin's discussion of God square with the common view of him as the champion of methodological naturalism?

Evidence and Evolution by Elliott Sober Evidence and Evolution, Paperback (March 2008)

Elliott Sober explores how the concept of evidence applies to creationism, natural selection and common ancestry.

Adaptationism and Optimality by Elliott Sober Adaptationism and Optimality, Paperback (June 2001)

A systematic treatment of foundational, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the theory of adaptationism.

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Author Biography - Elliott Sober

Elliott Sober is Vilas Research Professor and Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. David Sloan Wilson is Professor of Biology at State University of New York at Binghamton.

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