Book ID: CBB838749899

The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Ethics (2017)


Ruse, Michael (Editor)
Richards, Robert John (Editor)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 342 pp.
Language: English

Evolutionary ethics - the application of evolutionary ideas to moral thinking and justification - began in the nineteenth century with the work of Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer, but was subsequently criticized as an example of the naturalistic fallacy. In recent decades, however, evolutionary ethics has found new support among both the Darwinian and the Spencerian traditions. This accessible volume looks at the history of thought about evolutionary ethics as well as current debates in the subject, examining first the claims of supporters and then the responses of their critics. Topics covered include social Darwinism, moral realism, and debunking arguments. Clearly written and structured, the book guides readers through the arguments on both sides, and emphasises the continuing relevance of evolutionary theory to our understanding of ethics today.

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Authors & Contributors
Engels, Eve-Marie
Puig-Samper, Miguel Angel
Lahti, David C.
Wilson, David Sloan
Dietrich, Eric
Clark, Anne B.
Biology and Philosophy
Journal of the History of Biology
History of Psychology
Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science in Context
Peter Lang
Princeton University Press
Odile Jacob
University of Chicago Press
Rutgers University
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Evolution and ethics
Social Darwinism
Evolutionary psychology
Human evolution
Darwin, Charles Robert
Asajiro, Oka
Hitler, Adolf
Marx, Karl
Brooks, William Keith
Kingsley, Charles
Great Britain
United States
19th century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
21st century

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