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Life, Society and Evolution: The Significance of Cooperation

Ananta Kumar Giri
Indian Anthropologist
Vol. 41, No. 2 (July-Dec. 2011), pp. 1-14
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41921987
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The essay discusses new horizons of evolutionary thinking and practice such as co-evolution of organism and environment. It also describes the significance of co-operation in evolutionary dynamics in place of a naive Darwinian approach to evolution which gives primacy to competition. It discusses the classical work of Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor in Evolution and brings this in dialogue with a recent contemporary work on evolution by Jerome Rosseau, Rethinking Social Evolution. Building on these two works. it then draws our attention to the spiritual dimension of evolution, especially evolution of consciousness as explored in the pioneering works of Sri Aurobindo and Henri Bergson.

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