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Evolutionary Ethics


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Contents: Introduction; Part I Precursors to Morality: 'Any animal whatever': Darwinian building blocks of morality in monkeys and apes, Jessica C. Flack and Frans B.M. de Waal. Part II Mechanisms: Psychological altruism, evolutionary origins and moral rules, Philip Kitcher; Summary of: 'Unto Others: the Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior', Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson; Game theory, rationality and evolution of the social contract, Brian Skyrms; If homo economicus could choose his own utility function, would he want one with a conscience?, Robert H. Frank. Part III Altruism: Recent work on human altruism and evolution, Neven Sesardic; Evolution, altruism and cognitive architecture: a critique of Sober and Wilson's argument for psychological altruism, Stephen Stich. Part IV Meta-Ethics: Darwin's nihilistic idea: evolution and the meaninglessness of life, Tamler Sommers and Alex Rosenberg; Evolutionary ethics: a phoenix arisen, Michael Ruse; Darwinian ethics and error, Richard Joyce; A Darwinian dilemma for realist theories of values, Sharon Street. Part V Normative Ethics: A defense of evolutionary ethics, Robert J. Richards; Is Darwin right?, Keith Sutherland and Jordan Hughes; Name index.

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Neil Levy, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Australia and Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, UK Jessica C. Flack, Frans B.M. de Waal, Philip Kitcher, Elliott Sober, David Sloan Wilson, Brian Skyrms, Robert H. Frank., Neven Sesardic, Stephen Stich, Tamler Sommers, Alex Rosenberg, Michael Ruse, Richard Joyce, Sharon Street, Robert J. Richards, Keith Sutherland, Jordan Hughes.

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