|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Evolutionary Biology|
|Early online date||28 Jan 2016|
|State||Published - Mar 2016|
Hamilton's original work on inclusive fitness theory assumed additivity of costs and benefits. Recently, it has been argued that an exact version of Hamilton's rule for the spread of a pro-social allele (rb > c) holds under nonadditive pay-offs, so long as the cost and benefit terms are defined as partial regression coefficients rather than pay-off parameters. This article examines whether one of the key components of Hamilton's original theory can be preserved when the rule is generalized to the nonadditive case in this way, namely that evolved organisms will behave as if trying to maximize their inclusive fitness in social encounters.
- altruism, game theory, Hamilton's rule, inclusive fitness