Evolution and Morality: NOMOS LII

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Can theories of evolution explain the development of our capacity for moral judgment and the content of morality itself? If bad behavior punished by the criminal law is attributable to physical causes, rather than being intentional or voluntary as traditionally assumed, what are the implications for rethinking the criminal justice system? Is evolutionary theory and “nature talk,” at least as practiced to date, inherently conservative and resistant to progressive and feminist proposals for social changes to ...
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Overview


Can theories of evolution explain the development of our capacity for moral judgment and the content of morality itself? If bad behavior punished by the criminal law is attributable to physical causes, rather than being intentional or voluntary as traditionally assumed, what are the implications for rethinking the criminal justice system? Is evolutionary theory and “nature talk,” at least as practiced to date, inherently conservative and resistant to progressive and feminist proposals for social changes to counter subordination and secure equality?

In Evolution and Morality, a group of contributors from philosophy, law, political science, history, and genetics address many of the philosophical, legal, and political issues raised by such questions. This insightful interdisciplinary volume examines the possibilities of a naturalistic ethics, the implications of behavioral morality for reform of the criminal law, the prospects for a biopolitical science, and the relationship between nature, culture, and social engineering.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814771228
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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James E. Fleming is Professor of Law and The Honorable Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar in Law at Boston University School of Law. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Securing Constitutional Democracy: The Case of Autonomy and, with Linda C. McClain, Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues.
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Table of Contents

Preface James E. Fleming Sanford Levinson ix

Contributors xi

Part I Naturalistic Ethics

1 Naturalistic Ethics without Fallacies Philip Kitcher 3

2 The Two Faces of Morality: How Evolutionary Theory Can Both Vindicate and Debunk Morality (with a Special Nod to the Growing Importance of Law) Robin Bradley Kar 31

3 Missing Heritability: Hidden Environment in Genetic Studies of Human Behavior Jonathan Beckwith Corey A. Morris-Singer 100

Part II Law and Behavioral Morality

4 Law and Behavioral Morality Nita A. Farahany 115

5 Rethinking Unreasonableness: A Comment on Nita Farahany's "Law and Behavioral Morality" Amanda C. Pustilnik 166

6 A Case Study in Neuroscience and Responsibility Walter Sinnott-Armstrong 194

7 Science Fiction: Some Unexamined Assumptions of Nita Farahany's "Law and Behavioral Morality" Jennifer L. Culbert 212

Part III Bigpolitical Science

8 Biopolitical Science Larry Arnhart 221

9 Comment on Larry Arnhart, "Biopolitical Science" Daniel Lord Smail 266

10 Arnhart's Explanatory Pluralism Richard A. Richards 277

Part IV Nature, Conservatism, and Progressivism

11 Against Nature Elizabeth F. Emens 293

12 Nature, Culture, and Social Engineering: Reflections on Evolution and Equality Linda C. McClain 347

Index 393

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