Category Archives: Morality

Wild Justice – The Moral Lives of Animals

Scientists have long counseled against interpreting animal behavior in terms of human emotions, warning that such anthropomorphizing limits our ability to understand animals as they really are. Yet what are we to make of a female gorilla in a German … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Origins of Morality – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Four principal papers and a total of 43 peer commentaries on the evolutionary origins of morality. To what extent is human morality the outcome of continuous development from motives, emotions and social behavior found in nonhuman animals? Jerome Kagan, Hans … Continue reading

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The Moral Animal – Evolutionary Psychology

Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women’s interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything … Continue reading

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Critical Consciousness: A Study of Morality in Global, Historical Context

This volume is a study of empowered, resilient, and globally responsible moral consciousness in the historical context of a global transition to a new level of sociohistorical organization in society. This work develops further the Freirean concept of critical consciousness, … Continue reading

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Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame

From the age of Darwin to the present day, biologists have been grappling with the origins of our moral sense. Why, if the human instinct to survive and reproduce is “selfish,” do people engage in self-sacrifice, and even develop ideas … Continue reading

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Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved

“It’s the animal in us,” we often hear when we’ve been bad. But why not when we’re good? Primates and Philosophers tackle this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity’s most valued traits: morality. In this provocative … Continue reading

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Moral politics: how liberals and conservatives think

Read In this classic text, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconscious and rhetorical worldviews of liberals and conservatives, discovering radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions of morality on both the left and … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Empathy and Demanding Justice

It is widely believed that empathy is a good thing, from a moral point of view. It is something we should cultivate because it makes us better people. Perhaps that’s true. But it is also sometimes suggested that empathy is … Continue reading

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