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Why there might not be an evolutionary explanation for psychological altruism (2016)


The existence of psychological altruism is hotly debated in the psychological and philosophical literature. In this paper I argue that even if psychological altruism does exist in some (or all) human groups, there may be no purely evolutionary explanation for existence of psychological altruism.

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Authors & Contributors
Downes, Stephen M.
Steinhart, E.
Horvath, Christopher D.
Lahti, David C.
Gildenhuys, Peter
Dupré, John
Biology and Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Philosophy of Science
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Biological Theory
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Rutgers University
Princeton University Press
The MIT Press
Evolutionary psychology
Human evolution
Behavioral sciences
Social evolution
Prehistory and primitive societies
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Haeckel, Ernst
Pitt-Rivers, Augustus Henry Lane-Fox
Prestwich, Joseph
Great Britain
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century

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