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Social play behaviour. Cooperation, fairness, trust, and the evolution of morality

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Here I briefly discuss some comparative data on social play behaviour in hope of broadening the array of species in which researchers attempt to study animal morality. I am specifically concerned with the notion of ‘behaving fairly'. In the term ‘behaving fairly’ I use as a working guide the notion that animals often have social expectations when they engage in various sorts of social encounters the violation of which constitutes being treated unfairly because of a lapse in social etiquette. I will cash this out below in my discussion of social play behaviour.

Keywords: Play; evolution of behavior; fairness; intentionality; morality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Colorado, Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0334, USA .

Publication date: February 1, 2001


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