By Robert Hinde
The place do our ethical ideals come from? Theologians and scientists supply frequently conflicting solutions. Robert Hinde resolves those conflicts to supply a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary reaction, drawing on psychology, philosophy, evolutionary biology and social anthropology.
Hinde argues that realizing the origins of our morality can make clear the debates surrounding modern moral dilemmas akin to genetic amendment, expanding consumerism and globalisation. Well-chosen examples and priceless summaries make this an obtainable quantity for college students, execs and others drawn to modern and old ethics.
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The place do our ethical ideals come from? Theologians and scientists offer usually conflicting solutions. Robert Hinde resolves those conflicts to provide a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary reaction, drawing on psychology, philosophy, evolutionary biology and social anthropology.
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25 3 NOT ES FOR A C ON CEP TUAL TOOL-KIT One conceptual problem should be made explicit from the start. It concerns the question of whether the terms ‘morality’ and ‘moral sense’, and also the labels used for certain categories of behaviour, are to be seen as having implications of common basic processes, or as post hoc labels used to group phenomena in convenient ways. It thus involves conceptual, motivational, and developmental issues. These issues have so far been somewhat neglected, but they should be borne in mind in any attempt to understand the genesis of morality.
She came to like and respect the black girl and, after further experiences, dedicated most of her life to working for civil rights. Third, on a longer time scale, the accelerating changes in society provide many examples of the lability of moral codes. An obvious example is the acceptability of divorce in the Western world. Early in the twentieth century divorce was rarely accessible and morally unacceptable to many. The causes of the increase in divorce have been multiple, and include the decline of religious orthodoxies, the increase in individual mobility, and the changes stemming from the sexual revolution.
27 That all individuals are liable to display selfish and assertive behaviour is clear,28 but it is equally the case that all individuals are capable of displaying unselfish, prosocial behaviour which may be disadvantageous to themselves at least in the short-term – some individuals, of course, more than others. By and large, our selfishness is held in check by more positive propensities, by the prosocial aspects of our nature. Just why the prosocial side to human nature is to the ultimate biological advantage of individuals is another issue, to be discussed later (Chapters 7 and 8).
Why Good is Good: The Sources of Morality by Robert Hinde