Language co-evolved with the rule of law

@article{Knight2006LanguageCW,
  title={Language co-evolved with the rule of law},
  author={Chris Knight},
  journal={Mind \& Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={7},
  pages={109-128}
}
  • C. Knight
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Psychology
  • Mind & Society
Many scholars assume a connection between the evolution of language and that of distinctively human group-level morality. Unfortunately, such thinkers frequently downplay a central implication of modern Darwinian theory, which precludes the possibility of innate psychological mechanisms evolving to benefit the group at the expense of the individual. Group level moral regulation is indeed central to public life in all known human communities. The production of speech acts would be impossible… 

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