Social Dynamics

2015.02.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Skyrms, Social Dynamics, Oxford University Press, 2014, 339pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199652839. Reviewed by Cédric
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2015.02.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Skyrms, Social Dynamics, Oxford University Press, 2014, 339pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199652839. Reviewed by Cédric Paternotte, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München How should we study social phenomena such as cooperation, fairness and communication? Many philosophers try to define some of them analytically -- to find out what distinguishes conventions from social norms and communication from deception, for instance. Other philosophers and scientists study the cognitive mechanisms underlying our cooperative, fair and communicative behaviour. Others still explore the evolutionary origins of such mechanisms and wonder whether they could have been adaptive. Brian Skyrms' latest book -- a collection of papers spanning about two decades -- belongs to this third category, that of ultimate explanations. It investigates the evolution of various social phenomena. . .

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