The Evolution of Morality and Religion

The Evolution of Morality and Religion

by Donald M. Broom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521529247

ISBN-13: 9780521529242

Pub. Date: 12/04/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Donald Broom argues that morality and the central components of religion are of great value, and presents two central ideas. He asserts that morality has a biological foundation and has evolved as a consequence of natural selection, and that religions are essentially the structures supporting morality. Many philosophers and theologians write about morality and its…  See more details below

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Donald Broom argues that morality and the central components of religion are of great value, and presents two central ideas. He asserts that morality has a biological foundation and has evolved as a consequence of natural selection, and that religions are essentially the structures supporting morality. Many philosophers and theologians write about morality and its origins without reference to biological processes such as evolution. Likewise, biologists discuss phenomena of importance to human morality and religion without taking account of the thoughts of others on these subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521529242
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/04/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Concepts and codes of living; 2. Cooperation, altruism, reciprocal altruism; 3. Biological capabilities needed for altruism and morality; 4. Ideas about morality; 5. The origins and value of religion; 6. Other views about the origins of morality and religion; 7. Social and political consequences of this biological view of morality and religion; 8. Conclusions; Indexes.

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