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The cultural evolution of prosocial religions.
We develop a cultural evolutionary theory of the origins of prosocial religions and apply it to resolve two puzzles in human psychology and cultural history: (1) the rise of large-scale cooperationExpand
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Confucius analects : with selections from traditional commentaries
This edition goes beyond others that largely leave readers to their own devices in understanding this cryptic work, by providing an entree into the text that parallels the traditional Chinese way ofExpand
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Effortless Action: Wu-wei As Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China
This book presents a systematic account of the role of the personal spiritual ideal of wu-wei-literally "no doing," but better rendered as "effortless action"-in early Chinese thought. EdwardExpand
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What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body and Culture
Introduction Part I. Exorcising the Ghost in the Machine: 1. The disembodied mind 2. They live among us 3. Pulling the plug Part II. Embodying Culture: 4. Embodying culture Part III. DefendingExpand
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Who's Afraid of Reductionism? The Study of Religion in the Age of Cognitive Science
This paper aims to defend the application of tools and knowledge drawn from the natural sciences to the study of religion from the common charge that such approaches are overly “reductionistic.” IExpand
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Impartial Institutions, Pathogen Stress and the Expanding Social Network
Anthropologists have documented substantial cross-society variation in people’s willingness to treat strangers with impartial, universal norms versus favoring members of their local community.Expand
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The Situationist Critique and Early Confucian Virtue Ethics
This article argues that strong versions of the situationist critique of virtue ethics are empirically and conceptually unfounded, as well as that, even if one accepts that the predictive power ofExpand
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Body and Mind in Early China: An Integrated Humanities-Science Approach
This article argues against the strong “holist” position that the early Chinese lacked any concept of mind–body dualism, and more broadly against a “neo-Orientalist” trend that portrays ChineseExpand
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Conceptual blending, somatic marking, and normativity: a case example from ancient Chinese
Abstract One purpose of this article is to support the universalist claims of conceptual blending theory by documenting its application to an ancient Chinese philosophical text, and also to provideExpand
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Toward an Empirically Responsible Ethics: Cognitive Science, Virtue Ethics, and Effortless Attention in Early Chinese Thought
The two models of ethics that have been dominant in the West since the Enlightenment—and continue to serve as the default in both academic philosophy and public ethical debate—are deontology andExpand
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