Cooperation and its evolution

Cooperation and its evolution

by edited by Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott, and Ben Fraser
22nd February, 2013

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Essays from a range of disciplinary perspectives show the central role that cooperation plays in structuring our world.

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 the book, 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.

Details & Specs

Series: Life and mind: philosophical issues in biology and psychology

Author: Kim Sterelny Richard Joyce Brett Calcott Ben Fraser

Publisher: The MIT Press

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780262018531

Publication Date: 22nd February, 2013

Pages: 577

Dimensions: 229 x 178 x 32 mm

Notes: 11 figures

Availability: Available, usually dispatched within 7 to 10 days

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