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Title Evolved morality : the biology and philosophy of human conscience / edited by Frans B.M. de Waal [and three others].

Publication Info. Leiden, Netherlands : Brill, 2014.

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Description 1 online resource (276 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Note Includes index.
Contents Foreword; Evolved morality: The biology and philosophy of human conscience; Section 1: Evolution; Introduction; A history of the altruism-morality debate in biology; The moral consequences of social selection; Natural normativity: The `is' and `ought' of animal behavior; Section 2: Meta-ethics; Introduction; Empiricism and normative ethics: What do the biology and the psychology of morality have to do with ethics?; Human nature and science: A cautionary essay; Is a naturalized ethics possible?; The origins of moral judgment; Section 3: Neuroscience and Development; Introduction.
The neurobiological platform for moral valuesThe neuroscience of social relations. A comparative-based approach to empathy andto the capacity of evaluating others' action value; A social cognitive developmental perspective on moral judgment; Morality, intentionality and intergroup attitudes; Section 4: Religion; Introduction; Does religion make people moral?; Supernatural beliefs: Adaptations for social life or by-products of cognitive adaptations?; Index.
Summary Morality is often defined in opposition to the natural ""instincts, "" or as a tool to keep those instincts in check. New findings in neuroscience, social psychology, animal behavior, and anthropology have brought us back to the original Darwinian position that moral behavior is continuous with the social behavior of animals, and most likely evolved to enhance the cooperativeness of society. In this view, morality is part of human nature rather than its opposite. This interdisciplinary volume debates the origin and working of human morality within the context of science as well as religion and.
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Subject Ethics, Evolutionary.
Primates -- Behavior.
Altruistic behavior in animals.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author De Waal, Frans B. M., editor.
Other Form: Print version: Evolved morality : the biology and philosophy of human conscience. Leiden, Netherlands : Brill, ©2014 vi, 270 pages 9789004263871
ISBN 9789004263888 (electronic bk.)
9004263888 (electronic bk.)
900426387X (cloth)
9004268162 (Paper)
9789004268166 (Paper)