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Evolution and the Problem of Altruism

Alan Carter
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 123, No. 3 (Apr., 2005), pp. 213-230
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4321582
Page Count: 18
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Evolution and the Problem of Altruism
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Abstract

Genuine altruism would appear to be incompatible with evolutionary theory. And yet altruistic behavior would seem to occur, at least on occasion. This article first considers a game-theoretical attempt at solving this seeming paradox, before considering a "group selectionist" approach. Neither approach, as they stand, would seem to render genuine, as opposed to reciprocal, altruism compatible with the theory of evolution. The article concludes by offering an alternative game-theoretical solution to the problem of altruism.

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