Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies: The State of Nature. Benoît Dubreuil. Cambridge University Press.




Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies: The State of Nature Book Cover Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies: The State of Nature
Benoît Dubreuil
Cambridge University Press
September 6, 2010
Hardcover
288
9780521769488

In this book, Benoit Dubreuil explores the creation and destruction of hierarchies in human evolution. Combining the methods of archaeology, anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and primatology, he offers a natural history of hierarchies from the point of view of both cultural and biological evolution. This volume explains why dominance hierarchies typical primate societies disappeared in the human lineage and why the emergence of large-scale societies during the Neolithic implied increased social differentiation, the creation of status hierarchies, and, eventually, political centralization.

Benoit Dubreuil is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His work on moral philosophy, philosophy of science, and cognitive evolution has been published in Biology and Philosophy, Current Anthropology, Philosophical Explorations, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, and Review of Philosophy and Psychology.