The Moral Lives of Animals
Wild elephants walking along a trail stop and spontaneously try to protect and assist a weak and dying fellow elephant. Laboratory rats, finding other rats caged nearby in distressing circumstances, proceed to rescue them. A chimpanzee in a zoo loses his own life trying to save an unrelated infant who has fallen into a watery moat.
The examples above and many others, argues Dale Peterson, show that our fellow creatures have powerful impulses toward cooperation, generosity, and fairness. Yet it is commonly held that we Homo sapiens are the only animals with a moral sense. This rigorous and stimulating book challenges that notion and shows the profound connections-the moral continuum-that link humans to many other species. Understanding the moral lives of animals offers new insight into our own.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
A fascinating and only-too-relevant idea, but mired in confusing discussions, controversial evo-psych descriptions of people, and a lack of organization. It is interesting to learn about the concept of morality and altruism as seen in animals, but I will have to look elsewhere. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ratastrophe - LibraryThing
While the subject matter was quite interesting, there were a lot of tangents and some of it was completely irrelevant to the core information being presented. Do I really need to read about different ... Read full review
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