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The Other Cooperation Problem: Generating Benefit

Calcott, Brett

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Understanding how cooperation evolves is central to explaining some core features of our biological world. Many important evolutionary events, such as the arrival of multicellularity or the origins of eusociality, are cooperative ventures between formerly solitary individuals. Explanations of the evolution of cooperation have primarily involved showing how cooperation can be maintained in the face of free-riding individuals whose success gradually undermines cooperation. In this paper I argue...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCalcott, Brett
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:16:27Z
dc.identifier.issn0169-3867
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/30686
dc.description.abstractUnderstanding how cooperation evolves is central to explaining some core features of our biological world. Many important evolutionary events, such as the arrival of multicellularity or the origins of eusociality, are cooperative ventures between formerly solitary individuals. Explanations of the evolution of cooperation have primarily involved showing how cooperation can be maintained in the face of free-riding individuals whose success gradually undermines cooperation. In this paper I argue that there is a second, distinct, and less well explored, problem of cooperation that I call the generation of benefit. Focusing on how benefit is generated within a group poses a different problem: how is it that individuals in a group can (at least in principle) do better than those who remain solitary? I present several different ways that benefit may be generated, each with different implications for how cooperation might be initiated, how it might further evolve, and how it might interact with different ways of maintaining cooperation. I argue that in some cases of cooperation, the most important underlying 'problem' of cooperation may be how to generate benefit, rather than how to reduce conflict or prevent free-riding.
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.sourceBiology and Philosophy
dc.subjectKeywords: conflict management; eusociality; labor division Cooperation; Division of labour; Major transitions; Plasticity
dc.titleThe Other Cooperation Problem: Generating Benefit
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor220399 - Philosophy not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4193696xPUB76
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCalcott, Brett, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage179
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage203
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10539-007-9095-5
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T08:01:31Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-38649105772
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