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About this book
This interdisciplinary collection presents novel theories, includes provocative re-workings of longstanding arguments, and offers a healthy cross-pollination of ideas to the morality literature. Structures, functions, and content of morality are reconsidered as cultural, religious, and political components are added to the standard biological/environmental mix. Innovative concepts such as the Periodic Table of Ethics and evidence for morality in non-human species illuminate areas for further discussion and research. And some of the book’s contributors question premises we hold dear, such as morality as a product of reason, the existence of moral truths, and the motto “life is good.”
Highlights of the coverage:
- The tripartite theory of Machiavellian morality: judgment, influence, and conscience as distinct moral adaptations.
- Prosocial morality from a biological, cultural, and developmental perspective.
- The containment problem and the evolutionary debunking of morality.
- A comparative perspective on the evolution of moral behavior.
- A moral guide to depravity: religiously-motivated violence and sexual selection.
- Game theory and the strategic logic of moral intuitions.
The Evolution of Morality makes a stimulating supplementary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in the evolutionary sciences, particularly in psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology, political science, religious studies, and philosophy.
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- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19671-8
- Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
- Print ISBN 978-3-319-19670-1
- Online ISBN 978-3-319-19671-8
- Series Print ISSN 2197-9898
- Series Online ISSN 2197-9901
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