Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017)

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Jonathan Birch
London School of Economics
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From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behaviour. In the early 1960s W. D. Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behaviour evolves. He introduced three key innovations - now known as Hamilton's rule, kin selection, and inclusive fitness - and his pioneering work kick-started a research program now known as social evolution theory. This is a book about the philosophical foundations and future prospects of that program.
Keywords social evolution  evolution of altruism  evolution of cooperation  kin selection  inclusive fitness  group selection  multi-level selection
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