The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

by Frans de Waal
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The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal

In this thoroughly engaging book, leading primatologist and thinker Frans de Waal offers a heartening, illuminating new perspective on human nature. Bringing together his pioneering research on primate behavior, the latest findings in evolutionary biology, and insights from moral philosophy, de Waal explains that we don’t need the specters of God or the law in order to act morally. Instead, our moral nature stems from our biology—specifically, our primate social emotions, which include empathy, reciprocity, and fairness. We can glimpse this in the behavior of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom: chimpanzees soothe distressed neighbors, and bonobos will voluntarily open a door to offer a companion access to their own food. Building on a wealth of evidence, de Waal reveals that morality is not dictated to us by religion or social strictures. Rather, it is the inevitable product of our biological nature.

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ISBN-13: 9780393073775
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 653,578
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Frans de Waal has been named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The author of Our Inner Ape among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor in Emory University’s Psychology Department. De Waal lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Eleison More than 1 year ago
This book is not a treat about atheism at all, it is brilliant book about evolution and likeness of human being and other beings. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The primary focus of this book is to argue that moral choices are natural and predates religion.  The author cogently argues that more than just the homo sapiens exhibit moral behavior. He also puts forward the case that moral behavior is grounded in empathy, and is exhibited by most mammalian groups. The book is well-written and is a pleasure to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Just wonderful. As an atheist, It put words to the feelings I have had for a long time on the subject. I loved that he was equally critical of both religion and science for being biased. A must read for everyone. Frans de Waal and Bonobos rock!!!
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