Evolutionary ethics and contemporary biology

Giovanni Boniolo, Gabriele De Anna

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How can the discoveries made in the biological sciences play a role in a discussion on the foundation of ethics? This book responds to this question by examining how evolutionism can explain and justify the existence of ethical normativity and the emergence of particular moral systems. Written by a team of philosophers and scientists, the essays collected in this volume deal with the limits of evolutionary explanations, the justifications of ethics, and methodological issues concerning evolutionary accounts of ethics, among other topics. They offer deep insights into the origin and purpose of human moral capacities and of moral systems.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9780511498428, 0521856299, 9780521856294
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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