The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life
A lucid and provocative study of the ground-breaking new science of evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal examines the significance of this extraordinary shift in our perception of morality and what it means to be human. Taking the life and work of Charles Darwin as his context, Robert Wright brilliantly demonstrates how Darwin's ideas have stood the test of time, drawing startling conclusions about the structure of some of our most basic preoccupations. Why do we commit adultery, express suicidal tendencies and have the capacity for self-deception? Wright not only provides the answers to such fundamental moral questions from the perspective of evolutionary psychology, but challenges us to see ourselves anew through the clarifying lens of this fledging and exciting science.