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Selfishness, Altruism, and Rationality
by Howard Margolis
University of Chicago Press, 1984
Paper: 978-0-226-50524-4
Library of Congress Classification HB846.8.M37 1984
Dewey Decimal Classification 302.13

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Why do we volunteer time? Why do we contribute money? Why, even, do we vote, if the effect of a single vote is negligible? Rationality-based microeconomic models are hard-pressed to explain such social behavior, but Howard Margolis proposes a solution. He suggests that within each person there are two selves, one selfish and the other group-oriented, and that the individual follows a Darwinian rule for allocating resources between those two selves.

"Howard Margolis's intriguing ideas . . . provide an alternative to the crude models of rational choice that have dominated economics and political science for too long."—Times Literary Supplement

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