The Principles of Social Evolution
Clarendon Press, 1986 - 412 Seiten
Dispelling the general assumption that social institutions survive because of their sophisticated adaptive advantages, this groundbreaking work asserts that the most common customs and institutions may endure because of their very simplicity or as a result of simple human proclivity. Using religious, military, and kinship institutions to illustrate this argument, the author shows that a precise combination of these factors may lead to the emergence of new forms of social evolution.
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... it resolved the ancient philosophical paradox whether humans are really
selfish individualists or groups altruists , and provided , I believe , the first simple ,
general theory of human nature with a high likelihood of widespread acceptance
There are certain features of nature and society of which all cultures seem to be
aware , to a greater or lesser degree , and certain beliefs about the nature of the
world and man which seem more or less universal : the assumption that social ...
The nature of core principles IN Chapter V we established that a number of very
common institutions and beliefs have certain structural properties which reinforce
one another . As a result , in suitable conditions , the state will develop , but ...
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I'm glad this was the first book I read on social evolution. The author does a great job of explaining why the darwinian theory of variation and selection can not be applied directly to social ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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