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Author Arnold, Eckhart.

Title Explaining altruism [electronic resource] : a simulation-based approach and its limits / Eckhart Arnold.

Imprint Frankfurt : Ontos Verlag, 2008.

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Description 1 online resource (310 pages :) : illustrations.
Series Practical philosophy ; Bd. 11
Practical philosophy ; Bd. 11.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Blank Page; Blank Page; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 The riddle of altruism; Chapter 3 The generalized theory of evolutionas theoretical framework; Chapter 4 Modeling the evolution of altruism; Chapter 5 Empirical research on the evolutionof altruism; Chapter 6 Learning from failure; Chapter 7 Summary and final reflections; Chapter 8 Appendices; Bibliography.
Summary Employing computer simulations for the study of the evolution of altruism has been popular since Axelrod's book "The Evolution of Cooperation". But have the myriads of simulation studies that followed in Axelrod's footsteps really increased our knowledge about the evolution of altruism or cooperation? This book examines in detail the working mechanisms of simulation based evolutionary explanations of altruism. It shows that the "theoretical insights" that can be derived from simulation studies are often quite arbitrary and of little use for the empirical research.
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Subject Altruism -- Computer simulation.
Cooperativeness -- Computer simulation.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Arnold, Eckhart. Explaining Altruism : A Simulation-Based Approach and its Limits. Berlin : De Gruyter, ©2008 9783110327304
ISBN 9783110327571 (e-book)
3110327570 (e-book)