Tag Archives: moral

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, is the Source of Morality

There you have it: the elemental fear that belief in evolution will cause morality to collapse. That fear is predicated on a powerful assumption: that morality comes to us from God via religion. This is false. It is demonstrably false. … Continue reading

Posted in Cooperation, Evolution, Moral, Moral consciousness, Moral intelligence, Morality | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Animals, Evolutionary psychology, Moral, Moral consciousness, Moral intelligence, Morality | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Wild Justice – The Moral Lives of Animals

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

Posted in Cultural anthropology, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Moral, Moral consciousness, Morality | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Evolutionary Origins of Morality – Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

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

Posted in Evolutionary psychology, Humans, Moral, Moral consciousness, Morality | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Moral Animal – Evolutionary Psychology

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

Posted in Altruism, Cooperation, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Generosity, Humans, Moral, Morality | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame

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

Posted in Evolutionary psychology, Human nature, Humans, Moral, Morality | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved

Moral Development and Democratic Schooling

Democratic participation in schooling is a rather recent phenomenon. Early American educators clearly did not intend nor believe that students should have a voice in their own education. The colonial school was authoritarian, teacher-directed, and often punitive. The meaning of  … Continue reading

Posted in Democracy, Democratic education, Dewey, Moral, Schooling, Schools | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Moral Development and Democratic Schooling

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Our brains were designed for tribal life, for getting along with a select group of others (Us), and for fighting off everyone else (Them). But modern life has thrust the world’s tribes into a shared space, creating conflicts of interest … Continue reading

Posted in Moral, Tribes | Tagged , | Comments Off on Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Le courage d’éduquer : pluralisme moral et éducation en contexte scolaire

Dans cet article, nous présentons quelques résultats issus d’une recherche en cours dont l’idée de départ est de tenter de caractériser, sur le plan éthique, les moments où les éducateurs scolaires ont le sentiment de faire preuve de courage professionnel. … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Moral, Teachers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Moral behavior in animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Moral | Tagged , | Leave a comment