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Evolutionary ethics

Author: Neil Levy
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2010.
Series: International library of essays on evolutionary thought, v. 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Might human morality be a product of evolution? An increasing number of philosophers and scientists believe that moral judgment and behaviour emerged because it enhanced the fitness of our distant ancestors. This volume collects some recent explorations of the evidence for this claim, as well as papers examining its implications. Is an evolved morality a genuine morality? Does an evolutionary origin deflate the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Levy
ISBN: 9780754627586 0754627586
OCLC Number: 619142752
Description: xxxix, 341 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: "Any animal whatever" : Darwinian building blocks of morality in monkeys and apes / Jessica C. Flack and Frans B.M. de Waal --
Psychological altruism, evolutionary origins, and moral rules / Philip Kitcher --
Summary of : Unto others : the evolution and psychology of unselfish behaviour / Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson --
Game theory, rationality and evolution of the social contract / Brian Skyrms --
If homo economicus could choose his own utility function, would he want one with a conscience? / Robert H. Frank --
Recent work on human altruism and evolution / Neven Sesardic --
Evolution, altruism and cognitive architecture : a critique of Sober and Wilson's argument for psychological altruism / Stephen Stich --
Darwin's nihilistic idea : evolution and the meaninglessness of life / Tamler Sommers and Alex Rosenberg --
Evolutionary ethics : a phoenix arisen / Michael Ruse --
Darwinian ethics and error / Richard Joyce --
A Darwinian dilemma for realist theories of value / Sharon Street --
A defense of evolutionary ethics / Robert J. Richards --
Is Darwin right? / Keith Sutherland and Jordan Hughes.
Series Title: International library of essays on evolutionary thought, v. 3.
Responsibility: edited by Neil Levy.

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