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Altruists at War

W.G. Runciman: Human Reciprocity

23 February 2012
A Co-operative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution 
by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis.
Princeton, 262 pp., £24.95, July 2011, 978 0 691 15125 0
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... the real world. But they have by now been conducted in widely differing cultures and societies and have been supported by the observations of anthropologists working in the field. Samuel Bowles and HerbertGintis have themselves made influential contributions to this literature, and they come down firmly against the cynics. They do not believe that our other-regarding social preferences are all covert ...

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