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Peace and the Human Animal: Toward Integration of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology and Peace Studies

Nancy K. Dess

in The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199738403
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199738403.013.0026

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Peace and the Human Animal: Toward Integration of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology and Peace Studies

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Peace is arguably the problem of the 21st century. Peacefulness is not uniquely human, but a dearth of it among humans disproportionately threatens people and other animals around the globe. The urgent need for peace—if not immediately, everywhere, at any cost, then soon, as a pervasive norm—coincides with unprecedented scholarly attention to peace and to the implications of evolution for psychological functioning in the context of complex sociality. The time is ripe to integrate evolutionary perspectives into peace studies. Toward that end, this chapter describes potential impediments to an evolutionary peace project, provides a basic lexical and conceptual tool kit, and identifies some promising research directions.

Keywords: peace; evolution; prosocial; embodiment; comparative psychology; nonhuman animals

Article.  24746 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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