David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
■ Abstract Cooperation is common across nonhuman animal taxa, from the hunting of large game in lions to the harvesting of building materials in ants. Theorists have proposed a number of models to explain the evolution of cooperative behavior. These ultimate explanations, however, rarely consider the proximate constraints on the implementation of cooperative behavior. Here we review several types of cooperation and propose a suite of cognitive abilities required for each type to evolve. We propose that several types of cooperation, though theoretically possible and functionally adaptive, have not evolved in some animal species because of cognitive constraints. We argue, therefore, that future modeling efforts and experimental investigations into the adaptive function of cooperation in animals must be grounded in a realistic assessment of the psychological ingredients required for cooperation. Such an approach can account for the puzzling distribution of cooperative behaviors across taxa, especially the seemingly unique occurrence of cooperation observed in our own species.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Hisashi Nakao & Edouard Machery (2012). The Evolution of Punishment. Biology and Philosophy 27 (6):833-850.
Sara J. Shettleworth (2010). Clever Animals and Killjoy Explanations in Comparative Psychology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (11):477-481.
Mark V. Flinn, Davide Ponzi & Michael P. Muehlenbein (2012). Hormonal Mechanisms for Regulation of Aggression in Human Coalitions. Human Nature 23 (1):68-88.
Similar books and articles
Richard Schuster (2003). Why Not Go All the Way. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (2):173-174.
Lee Alan Dugatkin (2002). Cooperation in Animals: An Evolutionary Overview. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 17 (4):459-476.
S. O. Kimbrough (2011). On the Production and Ramification of Cooperation: The Cooperation Afforder with Framing Hypothesis. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 41 (1):111-136.
Brett Calcott (2008). The Other Cooperation Problem: Generating Benefit. Biology and Philosophy 23 (2):179-203.
Robert Axelrod (1984). The Evolution of Cooperation. Basic Books.
Subhadip Chakrabarti, Robert P. Gilles & Emiliya A. Lazarova (2011). Strategic Behavior Under Partial Cooperation. Theory and Decision 71 (2):175-193.
Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott & Ben Fraser (eds.) (2013). Cooperation and its Evolution. MIT Press.
Jay Elliott (2011). Stag Hunts and Committee Work: Cooperation and the Mutualistic Paradigm. [REVIEW] Review of Philosophy and Psychology 2 (2):245-260.
Kai P. Spiekermann (2009). Sort Out Your Neighbourhood. Synthese 168 (2):273 - 294.
Christo Lombard (1999). The Ethics of Listening: Namibian Perspectives on Academic Cooperation in a Globalized World. Ecumenical Institute for Namibia, University of Namibia.
Brett Calcott (2013). Why the Proximate–Ultimate Distinction Is Misleading, and Why It Matters for Understanding the Evolution of Cooperation. In Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott & Ben Fraser (eds.), Cooperation and its Evolution. MIT Press. 249.
Cédric Paternotte (2012). Minimal Cooperation. Philosophy of the Social Sciences (1):0048393112457428.
Maarten C. W. Janssen (2003). Coordination and Cooperation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (2):165-166.
Added to index2010-12-22
Total downloads5 ( #224,380 of 1,098,955 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #287,052 of 1,098,955 )
How can I increase my downloads?