The Moral Lives of Animals

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jun 19, 2012 - Nature - 352 pages
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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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This isn't a bad book, but it could have been so much better. There is ample research out there on altruism, sharing, and other pro-social behaviors among a variety of animals, but the author ... Read full review

Review: The Moral Lives of Animals

User Review  - Goodreads

This isn't a bad book, but it could have been so much better. There is ample research out there on altruism, sharing, and other pro-social behaviors among a variety of animals, but the author ... Read full review

Contents

Words
3
Orientations
23
Definitions
42
Structures
62
What Is Morality? The Rules
85
Authority
87
Violence
109
Sex
132
Communication
173
What Is Morality? The Attachments
191
Cooperation
193
Kindness
216
Duality
237
Flexibility
257
Peace
276
Copyright

Possession
156

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Dale Peterson's biography Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and Boston Globe Best Book of 2006. His other publications include Visions of Caliban (with Jane Goodall) and Demonic Males (with Richard Wrangham). Peterson lectures in the English Department at Tufts University.

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