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Has punishment played a role in the evolution of cooperation? A critical review

Abstract:

In the past decade, experiments on altruistic punishment have played a central role in the study of the evolution of cooperation. By showing that people are ready to incur a cost to punish cheaters and that punishment help to stabilise cooperation, these experiments have greatly contributed to the rise of group selection theory. However, despite its experimental robustness, it is not clear whether altruistic punishment really exists. Here, I review the anthropological literature and show that...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s11299-010-0079-9

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
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Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Mind & Society Journal website
Volume:
9
Issue:
2
Pages:
171-192
Publication date:
2010-12-05
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EISSN:
1860-1839
ISSN:
1593-7879
URN:
uuid:ef8adb28-8f4a-453b-a4dd-800b4eefaac6
Local pid:
ora:4655

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