Evolution of Moral Systems

Douglas Allchin

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    Biologically, morality is a form of behavior. How did it evolve? A complete explanation involves genetic, organismal, and social levels. Some cooperative systems can originate through kin selection or mutualism. However, once primates formed societies, reciprocal cooperation can persist through selective relationships, punishment, rewards, coordination, or reputation. Such social environments can then select for cooperative dispositions or moral sentiments.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationBasics in Human Evolution
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128026939
    ISBN (Print)9780128026526
    StatePublished - Jul 23 2015


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