The Evolution of Moral Progress

The Evolution of Moral Progress A Biocultural Theory ALLEN (JAMES B. DUKE PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University) Buchanan ; Russell (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Boston University) Powell

In The Evolution of Moral Progress, Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell resurrect the project of explaining moral progress. They avoid the errors of earlier attempts by drawing on a wide range of disciplines including moral and political philosophy, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, history, and sociology. Their focus is on one especially important type of moral progress: gains in inclusivity. They develop a framework to explain progress in inclusivity to also illuminate moral regression-the return to exclusivist and "tribalistic" moral beliefs and attitudes. Buchanan and Powell argue those tribalistic moral responses are not hard-wired by evolution in human nature. Rather, human beings have an evolved "adaptively plastic" capacity for both inclusion and exclusion, depending on environmental conditions. Moral progress in the dimension of inclusivity is possible, but only to the extent that human beings can create environments conducive to extending moral standing to all human beings and even to some animals. Buchanan and Powell take biological evolution seriously, but with a critical eye, while simultaneously recognizing the crucial role of culture in creating environments in which moral progress can occur. The book avoids both biological and cultural determinism. Unlike earlier theories of moral progress, their theory provides a naturalistic account that is grounded in the best empirical work, and unlike earlier theories it does not present moral progress as inevitable or as occurring in definite stages; but rather it recognizes the highly contingent and fragile character of moral improvement.
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Specificaties

ISBN
9780190868413
Uitgever
Oxford University Press Inc
Druk
1e
Datum
05-07-2018
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
440 pp.
Bindwijze
Hardcover
Genre
Filosofie

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