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The True Egoist Is Cooperative

Ethical Problems Seen Against a Background of Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Research, and Sociobiology
  • Christian Vogel†
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Abstract

Biological facts and moral norms are closely related to each other, although the one does not follow the other as night follows day. This always produces problems when an attempt is made to introduce newly discovered biological facts into moral and ethical arguments. Examples include social Darwinism, classical behaviorism, and sociobiology. Obviously, our ethics must reach beyond our natural inclinations—even be ready to come into conflict with them. Equally obviously, our “oughts” and our “ables” must remain bound up with one another. It is in this field of tension between facts and norms, “can” and “ought”, that the following speculations lie.

Keywords

Natural Selection Genetic Program Inclusive Fitness Altruistic Behavior Rational Morality 
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Acknowledgements

English translation by Joyce and Francis Steel (revised by Ulrich Frey).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Vogel†
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  1. 1.Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary AnthropologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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