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The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley
  

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The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley

Why are people nice to each other? What are the reasons for altrusim? Matt Ridley explains how the human mind has evolved a special instinct for social exchange, offering a lucid and persuasive argument about the paradox of human benevolence.

About the Author

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley received his BA and D. Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He is the author of bestselling titles The Red Queen (1993), The Origins of Virtue (1996), Genome (1999) and Nature via Nurture (2003). His books have sold over half a million copies, been translated into 25 languages and been shortlisted for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 Matt won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code. He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th October 1997

Author

Matt Ridley

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Author's Website

www.mattridley.co.uk

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Neurosciences
Society & culture: general
Psychological theory & schools of thought

ISBN

9780140244045

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