Curriculum Article

Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 629-635

First online:

Teaching the Evolution of Morality: Status and Resources

  • Douglas AllchinAffiliated withProgram in History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota Email author 


Recent studies now provide a relatively robust explanation of how moral behavior evolved, perhaps not just in humans. An analysis of current biology textbooks shows that they fail to address this critical topic fully. Here, I survey resources—books, images, and videos—that can guide educators in meeting the challenge of teaching the biology of morality.


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