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The Evolution of Moral Progress : A Biocultural Theory

Author: Allen E Buchanan; Russell A Powell
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press. copyright 2018.
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Steven Pinker has said that one of the most important questions humans can ask of themselves is whether moral progress has occurred or is likely to occur. Buchanan and Powell here address that question, in order to provide the first naturalistic, empirically-informed and analytically sophisticated theory of moral progress-explaining the capacities in the human brain that allow for it, the role of the environment,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: The evolution of moral progress : a biocultural theory / Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell
[Oxford] : Oxford University Press, 2018. (@Oxford Scholarship Online)
978-0-19-086844-4
(ABES)228917387
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen E Buchanan; Russell A Powell
ISBN: 9780190868413 0190868414
OCLC Number: 1076360923
Description: 1 vol. (440 p.) ; 24cm.
Contents: Introduction: Why a Theory of Moral Progress is NeededPart One: What is Moral Progress?Chapter 1: A Typology of Moral ProgressChapter 2: Contemporary Accounts of Moral ProgressChapter 3: A Pluralistic, Dynamic Conception of Moral ProgressPart Two: Evolution and the Possibility of Moral ProgressChapter 4: Is Evolved Human Nature an Obstacle to Moral Progress?Chapter 5: The Inclusivist Anomaly and the Limits of Evolutionary ExplanationChapter 6: Toward a Naturalistic Theory of Inclusivist Moral ProgressChapter 7: Naturalizing Moral Regression: A Biocultural AccountChapter 8: De-Moralization and the Evolution of Invalid Moral NormsPart Three: The Path Traveled and the Way ForwardChapter 9: Improvements in Moral Understanding and the Human Rights MovementChapter 10: Human Rights NaturalizedChapter 11: Biomedical Moral Enhancement and Moral ProgressConclusion: The Future of Human MoralityAppendix: Topics for Further Research
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Steven Pinker has said that one of the most important questions humans can ask of themselves is whether moral progress has occurred or is likely to occur. Buchanan and Powell here address that question, in order to provide the first naturalistic, empirically-informed and analytically sophisticated theory of moral progress-explaining the capacities in the human brain that allow for it, the role of the environment, and how contingent and fragile moral progress canbe.

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