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Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Feb;36(1):35-6. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12000593. Epub 2012 Dec 5.

Forgiveness is institutionally mediated, not an isolable modular output.

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School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, Cape Town, South Africa. don.ross@uct.ac.za

Abstract

McCullough et al. recognize that revenge and forgiveness jointly constitute a functional strategic complex. However, they model the halves of the complex as outputs of modules selected for regulating dyadic relationships. This is backwards. Forgiveness is a culturally evolved institution that can be exapted for use in dyadic contexts; it would be cheap talk among dyads were it not for the shadow of society.

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