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The Economy as an Evolving Complex System, IIICurrent Perspectives and Future Directions$
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Lawrence E. Blume and Steven N. Durlauf

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162592

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162592.001.0001

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Prosocial Emotions

Prosocial Emotions

(p.339) Prosocial Emotions
The Economy as an Evolving Complex System, III

Samuel Bowles

Herbert Gintis

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that one can understand the evolution of emotions such as guilt and shame as mechanisms that facilitate social cooperation. As such, emotions evolved because of their reproductive value to groups and hence their individual members. The chapter provides an explanation of the long-term evolutionary success of prosocial emotions in term of both the individual and group-level benefits they confer. This study is part of a new wave of social science research at the Santa Fe Institute and so, likely represents a bridge to the next Economy as an Evolving Complex System conference.

Keywords:   evolution, emotions, guilt, shame, social cooperation, social science research, Santa Fe Institute

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