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Primates and Philosophers : How Morality Evolved, Frans de Waal; Stephen Macedo, Josiah Ober

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Primates and Philosophers : How Morality Evolved
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Primates and Philosophers
Title remainder
How Morality Evolved
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Frans de Waal; Stephen Macedo, Josiah Ober
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Can virtuous behavior be explained by nature, and not by human rational choice? "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality. In this provocative book, renowned primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our "selfish" genes and reinforcing our habit of labeling ethical behavior as humane and the less civilized as animalistic. Seeking the origin of human morality not in evolution but in human culture, science insists that we are moral by choice, not by nature. Citing remarkable evidence based on his extensive research of primate behavior, de Waal attacks "Veneer Theory," which posits morality as a thin overlay on an otherwise nasty nature. He explains how we evolved from a long line of animals that care for the weak and build cooperation with reciprocal transactions. Drawing on Darwin, recent scientific advances, and his extensive research of primate behavior, de Waal demonstrates a strong continuity between human and animal behavior. He probes issues such as anthropomorphism and human responsibilities toward animals. His compelling account of how human morality evolved out of mammalian society will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered about the origins and reach of human goodness. Based on the Tanner Lectures de Waal delivered at Princeton University's Center for Human Values in 2004, Primates and Philosophers includes responses by the philosophers Peter Singer, Christine M. Korsgaard, and Philip Kitcher and the science writer Robert Wright. They press de Waal to clarify the differences between humans and other animals, yielding a lively debate that will fascinate all those who wonder about the origins and reach of human goodness
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DE-B1597
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de Waal, Frans
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other
LC call number
BJ1311
LC item number
.W14 2009eb
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Macedo, Stephen
  • Ober, Josiah
  • De Gruyter
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Princeton Science Library
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  • Altruistic behavior in animals
  • Ethics, Evolutionary
  • Primates
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specialized
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Primates and Philosophers : How Morality Evolved, Frans de Waal; Stephen Macedo, Josiah Ober
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Publication
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Appendix C: Animal Rights
  • Part II: Comments
  • The Uses of Anthropomorphism
  • Morality and the Distinctiveness of Human Action
  • Ethics and Evolution
  • Morality, Reason, and the Rights of Animals
  • Part III: Response to Commentators
  • The Tower of Morality
  • References
  • Contributors
  • Frontmatter
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. Josiah Ober and Stephen Macedo
  • Part I. Morally Evolved: Primate Social Instincts,Human Morality, and the Rise and Fall of “Veneer Theory”. Frans de Waal
  • Veneer Theory
  • Appendix A: Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial
  • Appendix B: Do Apes Have a Theory of Mind?
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Course Book
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400830336
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400830336
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)467882
  • (OCoLC)984658993
  • (DE-B1597)9781400830336
Label
Primates and Philosophers : How Morality Evolved, Frans de Waal; Stephen Macedo, Josiah Ober
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Appendix C: Animal Rights
  • Part II: Comments
  • The Uses of Anthropomorphism
  • Morality and the Distinctiveness of Human Action
  • Ethics and Evolution
  • Morality, Reason, and the Rights of Animals
  • Part III: Response to Commentators
  • The Tower of Morality
  • References
  • Contributors
  • Frontmatter
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction. Josiah Ober and Stephen Macedo
  • Part I. Morally Evolved: Primate Social Instincts,Human Morality, and the Rise and Fall of “Veneer Theory”. Frans de Waal
  • Veneer Theory
  • Appendix A: Anthropomorphism and Anthropodenial
  • Appendix B: Do Apes Have a Theory of Mind?
Edition
Course Book
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400830336
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400830336
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)467882
  • (OCoLC)984658993
  • (DE-B1597)9781400830336

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