Cognition, Human Evolution and the Possibilities for an Ethics of Warfare and Peace

- Barreiros, Daniel - подписаться на статьи автора
- Vainfas, Daniel Ribera - подписаться на статьи автора
Журнал: Social Evolution & History. Volume 19, Number 2 / September 2020 - подписаться на статьи журнала


African apes live in large stable social groups with an increased potential for conflict between individual agendas; a reasonable volume of evidence has suggested an instinctive and ethological basis for their intrasocial ethical behavior. Would there be any innate and ethological behavioral basis for ethics in human intersocietal relations, whether in war (providing the limits to the exercise of hard power), or in peace (establishing standards for preservation of intersocietal non-hostility)? As a hypothesis, we suggest that human exclusivity in the exercise of the ethics of warfare and peace is a product of the human transdominial cognition, capable of recombining and re-signifying innate behavioral algorithms through culture, applying them to absolutely innovative functions.

Keywords: warfare, conflict resolution, behavior, cognition, evolution. 

Daniel Barreiros, Institute of Economics more

Daniel Ribera Vainfas, Institute of Economics more