Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 137–147

Collaboration and human social evolution: review of Michael Tomasello’s why we cooperate (MIT Press, 2009)

Review Essay


Michael Tomasello’s new book Why We Cooperate explores the ontogeny and evolution of human altruism and human cooperation, paying particular attention to how such behaviors allow humans to create social institutions.


Altruism Cooperation Stag hunt game Social institutions Culture and cognition 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fresh Pond Research InstituteCambridgeUSA

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