SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Cultural evolution of human cooperation
(Philosophy Science, )

Cooperation is central to our species' way of life, in all its domains and on a uniquely large scale. Unlike in other species, human cooperation is not limited to close kin nor is as temporally and spatially limited. It is also by no means a recent development. Biological approaches to the evolution of cooperation abound, but they are only a part of the story: there is a broad consensus on the importance of cultural inheritance and selection. I will present two groups of theories of cultural evolution: cultural evolution1 and cultural evolution2. They differ considerably between each other and within themselves, and I will argue there is a need to compare them and determine their respective places in the story of the evolution of human cooperation. On the other hand, theories from both groups need to be compared to Darwinian biological evolution, to determine which elements are shared, and if and where they go apart. The hope is that research in this area will shed light on the processes at the core of the evolution of human cooperation and the applicability of the label ``Darwinian'' to these theories, making an original contribution to the field of cultural evolution studies.


Chair: Daniela Schuster
Time: 16:50-17:20, 09 September 2021 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.006
Remark: (Online Talk)

Martina Valkovic 
(Leibniz University Hannover; Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Martina Valkovic is a research assistant in the ANR-DFG project The Explanatory Scope of Generalized Darwinism: Towards Criteria for Evolutionary Explanations Outside Biology (GenDar) at the Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz University Hannover, and a visiting researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen.

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