A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution and Cooperation

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 70 pages
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"In this book, a renowned bioethicist argues that the political left must radically revise its outdated view of human nature. He shows how the insights of modern evolutionary theory, particularly on the evolution of cooperation, can help the left attain its social and political goals." "Singer explains why the left originally rejected Darwinian thought and why these reasons are no longer viable. He discusses how twentieth-century thinking has transformed our understanding of Darwinian evolution, showing that it is compatible with cooperation as well as competition, and that the left can draw on this modern understanding to foster cooperation for socially desirable ends. A Darwinian left, says Singer, would still be on the side of the weak, poor, and oppressed, but it would have a better understanding of what social and economic changes would really work to benefit them. It would also work toward a higher moral status for nonhuman animals and a less anthropocentric view of our dominance over nature."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Truly a great book that anyone with a political interest must read. The message is clear and short. The writing is some of the best I have seen. And you feel good and intelligent while you read the ... Read full review

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Good but short read. A critical examination of how some parts of the left actively deny the existence of a fixed human nature. Read full review

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2 Can the Left Accept a Darwinian View of Human Nature?
3 Competition or Cooperation?
4 From Cooperation to Altruism?
5 A Darwinian Left for Today and Beyond
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Peter Singer is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University.

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