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How we got stuck: the origins of hierarchy and inequality

Birch, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-7517-4759 and Buskell, Andrew (2022) How we got stuck: the origins of hierarchy and inequality. Mind & Language, 37 (4). 751 - 759. ISSN 0268-1064

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Kim Sterelny's book The Pleistocene social contract provides an exceptionally well-informed and credible narrative explanation of the origins of inequality and hierarchy. In this essay review, we reflect on the role of rational choice theory in Sterelny's project, before turning to Sterelny's reasons for doubting the importance of cultural group selection. In the final section, we compare Sterelny's big picture with an alternative from David Wengrow and David Graeber.

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Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 10:48
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 02:33

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