Confucius and the varifocal stance

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 45:e260 (2022)
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Abstract

We put the bifocal stance theory (BST) into dialogue with the Confucian approach to ritual. The aim of the commentary is two-fold: To draw on BST to provide an explanatory framework for a Confucian approach to social learning and, while doing so, to show how Chinese (Confucian) philosophy can contribute to debates in cultural evolution. In response to: Jagiello, R., Heyes, C., & Whitehouse, H. (2022). Tradition and invention: The bifocal stance theory of cultural evolution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 45, E249. doi:10.1017/S0140525X22000383

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Karyn L. Lai
University of New South Wales
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University of Edinburgh

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