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Description - The Structural Evolution of Morality by J. McKenzie Alexander

It is certainly the case that morality governs the interactions that take place between individuals. But what if morality exists because of these interactions? This book, first published in 2007, argues for the claim that much of the behaviour we view as 'moral' exists because acting in that way benefits each of us to the greatest extent possible, given the socially structured nature of society. Drawing upon aspects of evolutionary game theory, the theory of bounded rationality, and computational models of social networks, it shows both how moral behaviour can emerge in socially structured environments, and how it can persist even when it is not typically viewed as 'rational' from a traditional economic perspective. This book also provides a theory of how moral principles and the moral sentiments play an indispensable role in effective choice, acting as 'fast and frugal heuristics' in social decision contexts.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521870320
ISBN-10: 0521870321
Format: Hardback
(247mm x 174mm x 21mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - J. McKenzie Alexander

J. McKenzie Alexander is Reader in Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Books By J. McKenzie Alexander

Structural Evolution of Morality by J. McKenzie Alexander
Paperback, August 2010
$57.56