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Evolved morality

the biology and philosophy of human conscience

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This edition was published in by Brill in Leiden, . Boston.

Written in English

270 pages

Morality is often defined in opposition to the natural "instincts," or as a tool to keep those instincts in check. New findings in neuroscience, social psychology, animal behaviour, and anthropology have brought us back to the original Darwinian position that moral behaviour is continuous with the social behavior of animals, and most likely evolved to enhance the cooperativeness of society. In this view, morality is part of human nature rather than its opposite. This interdisciplinary volume debates the origin and working of human morality within the context of science as well as religion and philosophy. Experts from widely different backgrounds speculate how morality may have evolved, how it develops in the child, and what science can tell us about its working and origin. They also discuss how to deal with the age-old facts-versus-values debate, also known as the naturalistic fallacy. The implications of this exchange are enormous, as they may transform cherished views on if and why we are the only moral species.

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Morality is often defined in opposition to the natural "instincts," or as a tool to keep those instincts in check. New findings in neuroscience, social psychology, animal behaviour, and anthropology have brought us back to the original Darwinian position that moral behaviour is continuous with the social behavior of animals, and most likely evolved to enhance the cooperativeness of society. In this view, morality is part of human nature rather than its opposite. This interdisciplinary volume debates the origin and working of human morality within the context of science as well as religion and philosophy. Experts from widely different backgrounds speculate how morality may have evolved, how it develops in the child, and what science can tell us about its working and origin. They also discuss how to deal with the age-old facts-versus-values debate, also known as the naturalistic fallacy. The implications of this exchange are enormous, as they may transform cherished views on if and why we are the only moral species.

Evolved morality

the biology and philosophy of human conscience

This edition was published in by Brill in Leiden, . Boston.


Edition Description

Morality is often defined in opposition to the natural "instincts," or as a tool to keep those instincts in check. New findings in neuroscience, social psychology, animal behaviour, and anthropology have brought us back to the original Darwinian position that moral behaviour is continuous with the social behavior of animals, and most likely evolved to enhance the cooperativeness of society. In this view, morality is part of human nature rather than its opposite. This interdisciplinary volume debates the origin and working of human morality within the context of science as well as religion and philosophy. Experts from widely different backgrounds speculate how morality may have evolved, how it develops in the child, and what science can tell us about its working and origin. They also discuss how to deal with the age-old facts-versus-values debate, also known as the naturalistic fallacy. The implications of this exchange are enormous, as they may transform cherished views on if and why we are the only moral species.

Table of Contents

A history of the altruism-morality debate in biology / Oren Harmon
The moral consequences of social selection / Christopher Boehm
Natural normativity : the 'is' and 'ought' of animal behavior / Frans M.B. de Waal
Empiricism and normative ethics : what do the biology and the psychology of morality have to do with ethics? / Owen Flanagan, Aaron Ancell, Stephen Martin and Gordon Steenbergen
Human nature and science : a cautionary essay / Simon Blackburn
Is a naturalized ethics possible? / Philip Kitcher
The origins of moral judgment / Richard Joyce
The neurobiological platform for moral values / Patricia S. Churchland
The neuroscience of social relations. A comparative-based approach to empathy and to the capacity of evaluating others' action value / Pier F. Ferrari
A social cognitive developmental perspective on moral judgment / Larisa Heiphetz and Liane Young
Morality, intentionality and intergroup attitudes / Melanie Killen and Michael T. Rizzo
Does religion make people moral? / Ara Norenzayan
Supernatural beliefs : adaptations for social life or by-products of cognitive adaptations? / Vittorio Girotto, Telmo Pievani and Giorgio Vallortigara.

Edition Notes

"These articles are also published in Behaviour, volume 151, parts 2-3 (February 2014)"--Page [4] of cover.

Pages [1]-[266] also numbered 137-402 from original paging.

Outgrowth of a workshop on the biological roots of morality and ethics held June 17-22, 2012, in Erice, Italy, as part of the International School of Ethology. (Pages [3]-[4])

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Other Titles
Behaviour. Vol. 151, pts. 2-3, 2014.

Classifications

Library of Congress
BJ1311 .E86 2014, BJ1311

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL30387867M
ISBN 10
900426387X, 9004268162
ISBN 13
9789004263871, 9789004268166
LC Control Number
2014931293
OCLC/WorldCat
866620305

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