Rational choice theory provides a way of thinking about collective action problems. There is great potential for choices made by individuals to have an adverse societal effect when there is an absence of trust, obligation, or other incentives to cooperate. 1,072 more words
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Part Of: Demystifying Ethics sequence
Content Summary: 1500 words, 15 min read.
Excerpts are not my writing! This comes from Joshua Greene’s excellent book:
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As an evolutionary biologist who received my PhD in 1975, I grew up with Garrett Hardin’s essay “The Tragedy of the Commons,” published in Science