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False Advertising in Biological Markets: Partner Choice and the Problem of Reliability

Fraser, Benjamin

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The partner choice approach to understanding the evolution of cooperation builds on approaches that focus on partner control by considering processes that occur prior to pair or group formation. Proponents of the partner choice approach rightly note that competition to be chosen as a partner can help solve the puzzle of cooperation. I aim to build on the partner choice approach by considering the role of signalling in partner choice. Partnership formation often requires reliable information....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFraser, Benjamin
dc.contributor.editorKim Sterelny
dc.contributor.editorRichard Joyce
dc.contributor.editorBrett Calcott
dc.contributor.editorBen Fraser
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:53:42Z
dc.identifier.isbn9780262018531
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/59456
dc.description.abstractThe partner choice approach to understanding the evolution of cooperation builds on approaches that focus on partner control by considering processes that occur prior to pair or group formation. Proponents of the partner choice approach rightly note that competition to be chosen as a partner can help solve the puzzle of cooperation. I aim to build on the partner choice approach by considering the role of signalling in partner choice. Partnership formation often requires reliable information. Signalling is thus important in the context of partner choice. However, the issue of signal reliability has been understudied in the partner choice literature. The issue deserves attention because � despite what proponents of the partner choice approach sometimes claim � that approach does face a cheater problem, which we might call the problem of false advertising in biological markets. Both theoretical and empirical work is needed to address this problem. I will draw on signalling theory to provide a theoretical framework within which to organise the scattered discussions of the false advertising problem extant in the partner choice literature. I will end by discussing some empirical work on cooperation, partner choice, and punishment among humans.
dc.publisherMIT Press
dc.relation.ispartofCooperation and Its Evolution
dc.relation.isversionof1 Edition
dc.source.urihttps://mitpress.mit.edu/books/cooperation-and-its-evolution
dc.titleFalse Advertising in Biological Markets: Partner Choice and the Problem of Reliability
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2013
local.identifier.absfor220399 - Philosophy not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4326120xPUB491
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFraser, Benjamin, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage153
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage174
local.identifier.doi/10.7551/mitpress/9033.003.0010
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2020-12-20T07:30:42Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCambridge, MA
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