Emotional Amoral Egoism: A Neurophilosophical Theory of Human Nature and It Universalby Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
The enduring assumption that human behaviour is governed by innate morality and reason is at odds with the persistence of human deprivation, injustice, brutality, inequality and conflict. This book offers a fresh look at human nature and universal security by proposing a new general theory of human nature, "emotional amoral egoism", and a specific theory
The enduring assumption that human behaviour is governed by innate morality and reason is at odds with the persistence of human deprivation, injustice, brutality, inequality and conflict. This book offers a fresh look at human nature and universal security by proposing a new general theory of human nature, "emotional amoral egoism", and a specific theory of human motivation that draws on a wide range of philosophical, psychological and evolutionary approaches to human nature as well as neuroscientific research. It argues that human behaviour is governed primarily by emotional self-interest and that the human mind is a predisposed tabula rasa. The author argues that most human beings are innately neither moral nor immoral but rather amoral. Circumstances will determine the survival value of humankind's moral compass. This insight has profound implications for the re-ordering of governance mechanisms at all levels with a strong emphasis on the role of society and the global system. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the substrates of human nature and its universal security implications in relation to identity, conflict, ethnocentrism, xenophobia, morality and global governance.
Meet the Author
Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan is Senior Member of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom and Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.
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An extremely well researched and informative book into what constitutes not just what makes us think the way we do but also the way we act. The author uses clear and concise explanations and illustrations to explain his theories and to back up his statements. An excellent study book which you need to read in a quiet or undisturbed room to fully appreciate and understand. In certain parts the text may need reading a couple of times. Students of psychology or philosophy must read this book to help further their learning. I especially enjoyed the introduction and beginning of the book as the author uses famous philosophers to explain our behaviours and ideas with reasoned and balanced logic, he follows this by describing factors and/or influences that can have an impact on how we behave or react. The second part of the book deals in more depth of how these factors and influences affect our way of thinking and how it is difficult for humans to change our nature or beliefs and offers theories on how we can change. This is the second book that I have read by this particular author and this again did not disappoint, the area of mind and brain and its workings have been a mystery for centuries and this books goes a long way to answering or offering solutions to those questions.
The name of this book, Emotional Amoral Egoism: A Neurophilosophical Theory of Human Nature and its Universal Security Implications, by author Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan, is a mouthful to say the least. But, the name shouldn’t scare you if you are into reading books about theory. To break it down, the book explains the theory that humans were born with something called Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa, explained by Wikipedia is: The epistemological theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. Generally proponents of the tabula rasa thesis favour the “nurture” side of the nature versus nurture debate, when it comes to aspects of one’s personality, social and emotional behaviour, and intelligence. In basic terms it just means that we are born with a blank slate and we learn as we grow based on life experiences, where we grew up – different parts of the world and even different parts of the U.S. There are things that humans will innately have as part of their genetics, but the decisions we make is what forms the type of adult we become. We are always driven to look out for ourselves when we make life choices, but our surroundings have a huge impact on those decisions. He also explains how humans are amoral – basically, that means that our survival instincts will kick in when faced with certain decisions we have to make. It is quite an interesting book – but not one I would have chosen to pick up and read. This is not a feel good, sit on the beach and read book – but if human nature interests you and you enjoy delving into what makes us tick, you will enjoy this book.
First, if you are saying what in the world is she taking about? Do not fear! Well, unless you have flashbacks to Ethics and Theory while at college ... This book is extremely well written and poses many questions for the reader. The main question I picked up on was the entire concept of humans being born with a Tabula Rasa - A Blank Slate! When you compare people, whether they grew up in the same area in the world or not, certain decisions they make are key to what they will grow into as an adult. As the author states, we are prone to certain things from our genetics and the environment we currently live in. Basically we are more emotionally driven than anything rational. Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan explains humans are self-fulfilling, looking out for number 1, when making any type of decision. Depending on where one grew up, the environment has a key element in this area. This would be a great book to use in a Ethics and/or Theory class. It is around 240 pages, sold on Amazon, and should be a college read! Be sure to check out his website for more information.