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The Origins of Morality


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PART I: SETTING THE STAGE 1. Introduction and Overview 2. What is Morality? 3. Born Bad? 4. Darwin's Theory of the Origin of Morality 5. Foundations of a Neo-Darwinian Approach to Morality PART II: THE EVOLUTION OF PRIMITIVE PROSOCIAL BEHAVIORS 6. The Evolution of Deference 7. The Evolution of Self-control 8. The Evolution of Altruism though Sexual Selection 9. The Evolution of Altruism through Kin Selection 10. The Evolution of Altruism through Group Selection and Imperfect Design 11. The Evolution of Cooperation 12. Psychological and Neurological Sources of Primitive Prosocial Behaviors PART III. THE EVOLUTION OF UNIQUELY HUMAN PROSOCIAL BEHAVIORS 13. Uniquely Human Prosocial Behaviors 14. The Evolution of Uniquely Human Prosocial Behaviors 15. Psychological Sources of Uniquely Human Prosocial Behaviors PART IV. THE EVOLUTION OF THE MORAL SENSES 16. The Origin of the Moral Senses 17. The Expansion and Refinement of the Moral Senses in the Human Species 18. The Evolution of Moral Norms PART V. IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS 19. Human Nature and the Nature of Morality 20. Reframing Psychological Models of Moral Development

About the Author

Dennis Krebs is a Professor of Psychology, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and Fellow of Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He received his MA and PhD from Harvard University, where he also taught for several years before returning to his native British Columbia to teach at Simon Fraser University. He has won university and national teaching awards, and published several books and more than 90 articles, most of which address issues of morality and altruism.


"I have been hoping someone would write this book. Krebs writes from an evolutionary frame of reference but understands the cognitive-developmental tradition as well as anyone. Though few of the details of Krebs's argument are new, he provides a masterful overview and elegant synthesis of an enormous range of research concerning morality-- and that is new." -- Don Collins Reed, PsycCRITIQUES "Krebs provides a comprehensive look at the state of morality theory and the need for a broader perspective that can incorporate aspects of existing models and account for missing elements within them...Scholars interested in moral development must look beyond past systems that are no longer adequate; a better way to determine the mechanisms that lead to moral thinking and behavior is needed. This volume is a good place to begin... Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers." -- D. M. Chirico, York College CUNY, CHOICE

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