Is It Good to Cooperate?

  title={Is It Good to Cooperate?},
  author={Oliver Scott Curry and Daniel Austin Mullins and Harvey Whitehouse},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={47 - 69}
What is morality? And to what extent does it vary around the world? The theory of “morality-as-cooperation” argues that morality consists of a collection of biological and cultural solutions to the problems of cooperation recurrent in human social life. Morality-as-cooperation draws on the theory of non-zero-sum games to identify distinct problems of cooperation and their solutions, and it predicts that specific forms of cooperative behavior—including helping kin, helping your group… 

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