What Makes Us Moral?: Crossing the Boundaries of Biology

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Oneworld, 2004 - Philosophy - 237 pages
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Many people fear that science, in the form of genetics and evolutionaryiology, will show that everything we hold most dear is illusory or shameful.orality will prove to be disguised selfishness; our choices will be shown toe driven by instincts; our reasoning will prove to be constrained by ouriology. This book argues that these fears are groundless. Our morality, likeur emotions and our abilities, is indeed the product of evolution, but thisoes not make it illusory. Nor should we conclude, as so many psychologistsnd biologists have done, that our morality is reducible to our biologicalnstincts. Instead, properly understood, the evidence from the sciencesupports the view that the moral capacities we have are capable ofeassessing the very processes which gave birth to them, condemning theiological selfishness in which they had their origin. Human nature is aumane nature, at least in all the ways that matter, and understanding ourrigins ought to make us marvel at it all the more.

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User Review  - Joe Rowan - Goodreads

Read it mostly for my MPhilStud application, but I found it really interesting and well-argued, and it gave me plenty of good ideas. A great mix of evolutionary biology and philosophy, plus it's readable and not too technical. Read full review


The moral consequences of Darwinism
The evolution of morality
The Stone Age mind

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About the author (2004)

Neil Levy is a fellow of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

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