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dc.contributor.authorPinker, Steven
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-11T17:43:19Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationPinker, Steven. 2013. The Decline of War and Conceptions of Human Nature. International Studies Review 15, no. 3: 400-405.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1521-9488en_US
dc.identifier.issn1468-2486en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:14117754
dc.description.abstractMany observers are skeptical of the evidence that war has declined, because they think that a decline in war requires an unrealistic, romantic theory of human nature. In fact it is compatible with a hardheaded view of human violent inclinations which is firmly rooted in evolutionary biology. Homo sapiens evolved with violent tendencies, but they are triggered by particular circumstances; they are not a hydraulic urge that must periodically be discharged. And though our species evolved with motives that can erupt in violence, it also evolved motives that can inhibit violence, including self-control, empathy, a sense of fairness, and open-ended cognitive mechanisms that can devise technologies for reducing violence.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPsychologyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1111/misr.12031en_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://stevenpinker.com/files/pinker/files/pinker_international_studies_review_the_decline_of_war.pdfen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/misr.12031/full#misr12031-sec-0009en_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.titleThe Decline of War and Conceptions of Human Natureen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalInternational Studies Reviewen_US
dash.depositing.authorPinker, Steven
dc.date.available2015-03-11T17:43:19Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/misr.12031*
workflow.legacycommentsFAR 2013. Citation question: the assigned DOI refers to a collection of articles, only one of which is written by Pinker. I cited this part of the article only, which is what the author submitted, but it will not match the autofill for the DOI. Abstract from author's original, as the sub-article has no abstract.en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedPinker, Steven


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