An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics / Edition 1

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Offering the first general introductory text to this subject, the timely Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics reflects the most up-to-date research and current issues being debated in both psychology and philosophy. The book presents students to the areas of cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics.

  • The first general introduction to evolutionary ethics
  • Provides a comprehensive survey of work in three distinct areas of research: cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics
  • Presents the most up-to-date research available in both psychology and philosophy
  • Written in an engaging and accessible style for undergraduates and the interested general reader
  • Discusses the evolution of morality, broadening its relevance to those studying psychology
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“Recommended for all undergraduate libraries in the sciences and humanities.”  (Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, 1 March 2013)

"In the end, I think this is a valuable book mixing an analytic philosophical approach with some interesting biology. I personally found the book faltering only because it takes, perhaps unnecessarily, a very orthodox adaptationist stance. Evolutionary ethics should take the whole of evolutionary biology seriously into account, not only a biased version of it." (Metapsychology, 20 February 2012)

"Balanced and comprehensive, it should be the definitive text for many years". (Star News Online Blogs, 22 December 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405193962
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott M. James is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He has published work on evolutionary ethics in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and the Australaisian Journal of Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Biologist and Philosopher Walk into a Bar…

Part I: From “Selfish Genes” to Moral Beings: Moral Psychology After Darwin.

1. Natural Selection and Human Nature.

2. The (Earliest) Roots of Right.

3. The Caveman’s Conscience.

4. Just Deserts.

5. The Science of Virtue and Vice.

Part II: From “What is” to “What Ought to Be:” Moral Philosophy After Darwin.

6. Social Harmony, The Good, The Bad, and the Biologically Ugly.

7. Hume’s Law.

8. Moore’s Naturalistic Fallacy.

9. Rethinking Moore and Hume.

10. Evolutionary Anti-Realism: Early Efforts.

11. Contemporary Evolutionary Anti-Realism.

12. Options for the Evolutionary Realist.

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