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Moralizing gods revisited

  • Frans L. Roes (a1)

Six ideas explaining the existence of moralizing gods are mentioned, and I discuss the words prosocial and antisocial.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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