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Moral origins : the evolution of virtue, altruism, and shame

Author: Christopher Boehm
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
A noted anthropologist explains how our sense of ethics has changed over the course of human evolution.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Boehm
ISBN: 9780465020485 0465020488
OCLC Number: 657595623
Description: vii, 418 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Darwin's inner voice --
Living the virtuous life --
Of altruism and free riders --
Knowing our immediate predecessors --
Resurrecting some venerable ancestors --
A natural Garden of Eden --
The positive side of social selection --
Learning morals across the generations --
Work of the moral majority --
Pleistocene ups, downs, and crashes --
Testing the selection-by-reputation hypothesis --
The evolution of morals --
Epilogue: humanity's moral future.
Responsibility: Christopher Boehm.


The natural and cultural history of the evolution of our sense of ethics, by a leading anthropologist of human morality.  Read more...


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