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The Pleistocene Social Contract
Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolutionav Kim Sterelny640
In this book, Kim Sterelny builds on his original account of the evolutionary development and interaction of human culture and cooperation, which he first presented in The Evolved Apprentice (2012). Sterelny sees human evolution not as hinging on a single key innovation, but as emerging from a positive feedback loop caused by smaller divergences from other great apes, including bipedal locomotion, better causal and social reasoning, reproductive cooperation,
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and changes in diet and foraging style. He advances this argument in The Pleistocene Social Contract with four key claims about cooperation, culture, and their interaction in human evolution, alongside a reading of the archaeological and ethnographical record.
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M. J. O'Brien, CHOICE Sterelny, who works at the intersection of philosophy and natural science, has produced another excellent book on hominin evolution ... The book is clearly written, which means it will appeal to a broad audience, and the references are excellent. This reviewer gives Sterelny's book the highest endorsement.
Kim Sterelny is an Australian philosopher, by birth, training, and inclination, who has worked mainly in Australia and New Zealand, with occasional visiting posts in North America and the UK. He has always worked on the intersection of philosophy and the natural science. In the last two decades, he has focused primarily on the life sciences, and increasingly on hominin evolution.
Contents Preface I. Building Cumulative Culture 1.1 Methodological Preliminaries 1.2 Culture and Cooperation 1.3 The Prehistory of an Unusual Ape 1.4 The Growing Footprint of Cultural Learning 1.5 Cumulative Cultural Learning. 1.6 Adapted Minds and Environments 1.7 Overview II. The Pleistocene Social Contract 2.1 Free-riders and Bullies 2.2 Curbing Dominance Hierarchies 2.3 An Economy of Reciprocation 2.4 Making Reciprocation Work: Gossip 2.5 Making Reciprocation Work: Norms 2.6 Making Reciprocation Work: Ritual 2.7 Stabilising Cooperation III. Cooperation in a Larger World 3.1 Cooperation between Bands 3.2 The Origins of an Open Society 3.3 Cooperation, Culture and Conflict 3.4 Individual Selection, Group Selection and Cultural Group Selection IV. Cooperation in Hierarchical Communities 4.1 The Puzzle of Farming 4.2 Cooperation in an Unequal World. 4.3 Religion, Ritual and Ideology. 4.4 Conflict, Hierarchy and Inequality Epilogue: Why Only Us?