Dividing the Pleistocene Pie (Review of Nicolas Baumard: The Origins of Fairness) [Book Review]

BioScience 67 (2):180-182 (2017)
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Abstract

The sense of fairness is a central aspect of human moral psychology. Intuitions about fairness lead to many widespread moral beliefs, such as the belief that the punishment should fit the crime or the belief that one deserves a fair share of what one has earned. In The Origins of Fairness, Nicolas Baumard sets out to shed light on the evolutionary origin of these intuitions. He argues that the human sense of fairness is innate and universal, and he offers an account of its evolution that highlights the role of bargaining in early human “cooperation markets.”

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Joeri Witteveen
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