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The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

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If, as Darwin suggests, evolution relentlessly encourages the survival of the fittest, why are humans compelled to live in cooperative, complex societies? In this fascinating examination of the roots of human trust and virtue, a zoologist and former American editor of the Economist reveals the results of recent studies that suggest that self-interest and mutual aid are not at all incompatible. In fact, he points out, our cooperative instincts may have evolved as part of mankind?s natural selfish behavior--by exchanging favors we can benefit ourselves as well as others. Brilliantly orchestrating the newest findings of geneticists, psychologists, and anthropologists, The Origins of Virtue re-examines the everyday assumptions upon which we base our actions towards others, whether in our roles as parents, siblings, or trade partners. With the wit and brilliance of The Red Queen, his acclaimed study of human and animal sexuality, Matt Ridley shows us how breakthroughs in computer programming, microbiology, and economics have given us a new perspective on how and why we relate to each other.

Synopsis:

Brilliantly orchestrating the newest findings of geneticists, psychologists, and anthropologists, this book re-examines the everyday assumptions upon which we base our actions towards others, whether in our roles as parents, siblings, or trade partners. Ridley shows readers how breakthroughs in computer programming, microbiology, and economics have provided a new perspective on how and why we relate to each other.

About the Author

Matt Ridley has worked as a science editor, Washington correspondent, and American editor for the Economist. A research fellow of the Institute for Economic Affairs and a Trustee of the International Centre for Life, he lives in Northumberland, England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

Chapter One: The Society of Genes

Chapter Two: The Division of Labour

Chapter Three: The Prisoner's Dilemma

Chapter Four: Telling Hawks from Doves

Chapter Five: Duty and the Feast

Chapter Six: Public Goods and Private Gifts

Chapter Seven: Theories of Moral Sentiments

Chapter Eight: The Tribal Primates

Chapter Nine: The Source of War

Chapter Ten: The Gains from Trade

Chapter Eleven: Ecology as Religion

Chapter Twelve: The Power of Property

Chapter Thirteen: Trust

Sources and Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140264456
Author:
Ridley, Matt
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Cooperation
Subject:
Altruism
Subject:
Genetic psychology
Subject:
Ethics, evolutionary
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
150-101-614
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.76x5.09x.61 in. .45 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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