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The biology and psychology of moral agency

Author: William A Rottschaefer
Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge Univ. Press 2008
Series: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This important book brings findings and theories in biology and psychology to bear on the fundamental question in ethics of what it means to behave morally. It will be read with profit by a broad  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Rottschaefer
ISBN: 0521064503 9780521064507
OCLC Number: 836938798
Notes: Originally published: 1998
Description: XI, 293 Seiten 23 cm
Contents: Part I. Moral Agency and Scientific Naturalism: 1. Understanding moral agency: what is a scientific naturalist view of moral agency?; Part II. The Biological Bases of Moral Agency: 2. Evolution and moral agency: can evolution endow us with moral capacities?; 3. Evolution and moral agency: Does Evolution endow us with moral capacities?; 4. Developmental biology and psychology and moral agency: how do our biologically-based moral capacities develop?; Part III. The Psychological Bases of moral Agency: 5. Behavioral psychology and moral agency: how do we learn to behave morally?; 6. Social cognitive psychology and moral agency: how do we learn to act morally?; 7. The neurophysiological bases of moral capacities: do the neurosciences have room for moral agents?; Part IV. A Scientific Naturalist Account of Moral Agency: 8. The adequacy of moral beliefs, motivations and actions: how can biological and psychological explanations serve as justifications?; 9. Moral ontology: what is the ontological status of moral values?; Part V. Integrating a Personalistic and Naturalistic View of Agency: 10. The manifest and scientific images of morality: how can we integrate our ordinary and scientifically based views of moral agency?
Series Title: Cambridge studies in philosophy and biology
Responsibility: William A. Rottschaefer


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