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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.001.0001

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The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide

The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide

(p.291) 17 The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide
The Innate Mind

Joshua D. Duntley

David M. Buss

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a new theory of homicide — homicide adaptation theory — which proposes that humans evolved adaptations to facilitate killing. The new theory is contrasted with two competing conceptions of why people kill: the by-product hypothesis and the evolved goal hypothesis. The concept of ‘innateness’ in relation to the conception of evolved homicide adaptations presented in this chapter is discussed.

Keywords:   homicide adaptation theory, evolution, by-product hypothesis, evolved goal hypothesis, killing, innateness

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