Leonard D. Katz,
This new book brings together recent progress and speculation on the evolutionary
origins of different aspects of morality.
Leading primatologist Frans de Waal and coauthor Jessica Flack interpret
the evidence for "Darwinian Building Blocks of Morality in Monkeys and
Apes." Several primatologists (including Hans Kummer) and psychologist
Jerome Kagan question these interpretations, and suggest experiments and
perspectives to advance the project.
Christopher Boehm synthesizes social science and biological evidence in
his hypothesis of how our hominid ancestors became at once moral and human
by establishing purposeful social control over individual behavior. Anthropologist
Bruce Knauft and sociologist Donald Black contribute to the discussion.
Philosopher Elliott Sober and evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson
summarize their book Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish
Behavior, which argues for the evolution of behavior having altruistic
effects and altruistic motives, using and defending Wilson's group selection
approach. Thirteen commentators from a broad range of biological, behavioral
and social sciences, and philosophy discuss the merits of their views.
Brian Skyrms argues that game theory based on adaptive dynamics must join
the social scientist's use of rational choice and classical game theory
if fairness and other observed features of human behavior are to be explained.
Experimental economists and computational modelers contribute their perspectives
and results to the discussion, as does evolutionary psychologist Dennis
· ISBN 0-907845-75-4
· Published March 2000 by Imprint Academic · Softbound
· 352 pages · $29.90 ·
|Evolutionary Origins of Morality
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