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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.001.0001

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The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide

The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide

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(p.291) 17 The Plausibility of Adaptations for Homicide
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The Innate Mind
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Joshua D. Duntley

David M. Buss

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.003.0017

This chapter presents a new theory of homicide — homicide adaptation theory — which proposes that humans evolved adaptations to facilitate killing. The new theory is contrasted with two competing conceptions of why people kill: the by-product hypothesis and the evolved goal hypothesis. The concept of ‘innateness’ in relation to the conception of evolved homicide adaptations presented in this chapter is discussed.

Keywords:   homicide adaptation theory, evolution, by-product hypothesis, evolved goal hypothesis, killing, innateness

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