An Introduction to Behavioral Biology for Legal Scholars

43 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2010 Last revised: 4 Sep 2014

Date Written: June 19, 2010


Over the last ten years, behavioral biology has become an important tool for legal scholars. In fact, an informal survey rated behavioral biology as the second most important development in the legal academy since 2000. This paper will present the basics of behavioral biology for legal scholars. After giving an introduction to brain science, it will discuss such topics as the selfish gene and reciprocal altruism, universals, sexual selection, morality, culture, and the social contract.

Keywords: Behavioral Biology, Jurisprudence, Brain Science, Reciprocal Altruism

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Fruehwald, Edwin S., An Introduction to Behavioral Biology for Legal Scholars (June 19, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

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