Indonesian Social Evolution

Some Psychological Considerations

Author: Justus Maria Van der Kroef

Publisher: Amsterdam : C.P.J. van der Peet

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Category: Indonesia

Page: 189

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Ecology of Social Evolution

Author: Judith Korb

Publisher: Springer

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 266

View: 457

The time is ripe to investigate similarities and differences in the course of social evolution in different animals. This book brings together renowned researchers working on sociality in different animals to deal with the key questions of sociobiology. For the first time, they compile the evidence for the importance of ecological factors in the evolution of social life, ranging from invertebrate to vertebrate social systems, and evaluate its importance versus that of relatedness.

The Social Evolution of International Politics

Author: Shiping Tang

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Category:

Page: 304

View: 150

The Social Evolution of International Politics critically engages with all the key grand theories of international politics and provides interesting solutions to some of the 'great debates' between those theories, from realism and neoliberalism, to the English School and constructivism.

Talcott Parsons on Institutions and Social Evolution

Selected Writings

Author: Talcott Parsons

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 356

View: 711

Offering a diverse set of contributions to current social contracting research, this volume illustrates how social contracts necessarily underlie and facilitate all forms of capitalist production and exchange. The editors bring together novel contributions from fields as diverse as economics, evolutionary game theory, contract law, business ethics, moral philosophy and anthropology to offer multifaceted but subtly intertwined perspectives on fundamental questions concerning human cooperation.

Principles of Social Evolution

Author: Andrew F.G. Bourke

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 322

Investigates and sets out the common principles of social evolution operating across all taxa and levels of biological organisation.

Social Evolution

Author: Benjamin Kidd

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Civilization

Page: 348

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Social Evolution

Author: Benjamin Kidd

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Civilization

Page: 374

View: 232

The Philosophy of Social Evolution

Author: Jonathan Birch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Category: Social evolution

Page: 268

View: 500

From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behaviour. In the early 1960s W. D. Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behaviour evolves. He introduced three key innovations - now known as 'Hamilton's rule,' 'kin selection,' and 'inclusive fitness' - and his pioneering work kick-started a research programme now known as social evolution theory. His work has been enormously influential, but remains the subject of fierce controversy. This is a book about the philosophical foundations and future prospects of social evolution theory. In Part I, 'Foundations', Jonathan Birch provides a careful exposition and defence of Hamilton's ideas, with a few modifications along the way. In Part II, 'Extensions', Birch shows how these ideas can be applied to phenomena including cooperation in microorganisms, cooperation among the cells of a multicellular organism, and culturally evolved cooperation in the earliest human societies. Birch argues that real progress can be made in understanding microbial evolution, evolutionary transitions, and human evolution by viewing them through the lens of social evolution theory, provided the theory is interpreted with care and adapted where necessary. This book, the first book-length philosophical study of Hamilton's ideas, places social evolution theory on a firm philosophical footing and sets out exciting new directions for further work. It is essential reading for philosophers of science, evolutionary biologists, and evolutionary social scientists. -- from dust jacket.

The Ephemeral Civilization

Exploding the Myth of Social Evolution

Author: Graeme Snooks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 600

View: 649

The Ephemeral Civilization is an astonishing intellectual feat in which Graeme Snooks develops an original and ground-breaking analysis of changing sociopolitical forms over the past 3,000 years. Snooks challenges the prevailing theories of social evolutionism with an innovative approach which also looks ahead to the twenty-first century. The Ephemeral Civilization builds on the model of dynamic strategy outlined in the author's highly acclaimed companion volume, The Dynamic Society. The Ephemeral Society is divided into three parts - theory, history and future.

Rethinking Social Evolution

The Perspective from Middle-Range Societies

Author: Jérôme Rousseau

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 959

A wide-ranging exploration of how language and increased cognitive abilities constitute the motor of social evolution.

Social Evolution in Ants

Author: Andrew F.G. Bourke

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 529

View: 458

Biologists have long been intrigued and confounded by the complex issues in the evolution and ecology of the social behaviour of insects. The self-sacrifice of sterile workers in ant colonies has been particularly difficult for evolutionary biologists to explain. This text presents an overview of the current state of scientific knowledge about social evolution in ants and shows how studies on ants have contributed to an understanding of many fundamental topics in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.

The Social Evolution of Human Nature

From Biology to Language

Author: Harry Smit

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page:

View: 191

This book sheds new light on the problem of how the human mind evolved. Harry Smit argues that current studies of this problem misguidedly try to solve it by using variants of the Cartesian conception of the mind, and shows that combining the Aristotelian conception with Darwin's theory provides us with far more interesting answers. He discusses the core problem of how we can understand language evolution in terms of inclusive fitness theory, and investigates how scientific and conceptual insights can be integrated into one explanatory framework, which he contrasts with the alternative Cartesian-derived framework. He then explores the differences between these explanatory frameworks with reference to co-operation and conflict at different levels of biological organization, the evolution of communicative behaviour, the human mind, language, and moral behaviour. His book will interest advanced students and scholars in a range of subjects including philosophy, biology and psychology.

Human Institutions

A Theory of Societal Evolution

Author: Jonathan H. Turner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 309

View: 804

In his newest book, leading social theorist Jonathan H. Turner offers a creative, richly grounded reinterpretation of social evolution. Visit our website for sample chapters!

The Eighth Day

Social Evolution as the Self-Organization of Energy

Author: Richard Newbold Adams

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

View: 938

Can human social evolution be described in terms common to other sciences, most specifically, as an energy process? The Eighth Day reflects a conviction that the human trajectory, for all its uniqueness and indeterminism, will never be satisfactorily understood until it is framed in dynamics that are common to all of nature. The problem in doing this, however, lies in ourselves. The major social theories have failed to treat human social evolution as a component of broader natural processes. The Eighth Day argues that the energy process provides a basis for explaining, comparing, and measuring complex social evolution. Using traditional ecological energy flow studies as background, society is conceived as a self-organization of energy. This perspective enables Adams to analyze society in term of the natural selection of self-organizing energy forms and the trigger processes basic to it. Domestication, civilization, socioeconomic development, and the regulation of contemporary industrial nation-states serve to illustrate the approach. A principal aim is to explore the limitation that energy process imposes on human social evolution as well as to clarify the alternatives that it allows. Richly informed by contemporary anthropological historicism, sociobiology, and Marxism, The Eighth Day avoids simple reductionism and denies facile ideological categorization. Adams builds on work in nonequilibrium thermodynamics and theoretical biology and brings three decades of his own work to an analysis of human society that demands an extreme materialism in which human thought and action find a central place.

The Genetics Of Social Evolution

Author: Michael D Breed

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 212

View: 263

The contributor’s primary goal in organizing this book was to initiate a synthesis of thought on how genetics structures the behavior of individual animals that live within complex social systems. To do this they have brought together leading theorists and empiricists who apply genetics to the study of eusocial insect evolution.

The Principles of Social Evolution

Author: Christopher Robert Hallpike

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Category: Samhällsutveckling

Page: 412

View: 379

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.

The Philosophy of Social Evolution

Author: Jonathan Birch

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Social evolution

Page: 288

View: 773

From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behaviour. In the early 1960s W. D. Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behaviour evolves. He introduced three key innovations - now known as 'Hamilton's rule,' 'kin selection,' and 'inclusive fitness' - and his pioneering work kick-started a research programme now known as social evolution theory. His work has been enormously influential, but remains the subject of fierce controversy. This is a book about the philosophical foundations and future prospects of social evolution theory. In Part I, 'Foundations', Jonathan Birch provides a careful exposition and defence of Hamilton's ideas, with a few modifications along the way. In Part II, 'Extensions', Birch shows how these ideas can be applied to phenomena including cooperation in microorganisms, cooperation among the cells of a multicellular organism, and culturally evolved cooperation in the earliest human societies. Birch argues that real progress can be made in understanding microbial evolution, evolutionary transitions, and human evolution by viewing them through the lens of social evolution theory, provided the theory is interpreted with care and adapted where necessary. This book, the first book-length philosophical study of Hamilton's ideas, places social evolution theory on a firm philosophical footing and sets out exciting new directions for further work. It is essential reading for philosophers of science, evolutionary biologists, and evolutionary social scientists. -- from dust jacket.