Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong

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Abacus, 2008 - Ethics - 539 pages
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Scholars have long argued that moral judgements arise from rational deliberations about what society determines is right and wrong. This has generated the idea that our moral psychology is founded on cultural experience. In the revolutionary MORAL MINDS, Marc Hauser challenges these concepts, showing that this view is illusory and arguing instead that humans have evolved a 'moral instinct', a universal feature of the human mind rather than one informed by gender, education or religion.

Combining his own cutting-edge research with cognitive psychology, linguistics, evolutionary biology and economics, Hauser examines his groundbreaking theory in terms of bioethics, religion and law, as well as our everyday lives.

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User Review  - Bob Nichols - Goodreads

Hauser argues that we have an innate moral faculty. Like the language instinct of Chomsky, a moral “organ” is built into our biology. Evidence for this he states is seen cross-culturally, in a ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Marc Hauser is a full professor in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neurosciences at Harvard University, a Harvard College Professor, adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education, and a Co-Director of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Program at Harvard.

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