An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics
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Offering the first general introductory text to this subject, the timely "Introduction to" "Evolutionary Ethics" reflects the most up-to-date research and current issues being debated in both psychology and philosophy. The book presents students to the areas of cognitive psychology, normative ethics, and metaethics.The first general introduction to evolutionary ethicsProvi...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Wiley-Blackwell
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I didn't really like the first half of the book. It mostly covered evolutionary psychology topics from other books I already listened to such as Dawkins, Wilson, Pinker and de Waal. I didn't mind the authors take on the topic, but it was just mostly review for me.

The book came alive in the second half. The author jumped into some serious Philosophy discussion such as Hume's law coupled with the natural fallacy. They would say, the natural doesn't intersect with the moral (is doesn't give ought)....more
Very clear and well written introduction to the field of evolutionary ethics. This is not an easy read but it is also not overly technical. I appreciated James' inclusion of the major theories as well as objections, including objections to his own theory. He does not interact with any theories or criticisms by religious philosophers. One is struck by the difficulty of developing a moral realist position (that there are objective moral facts) based solely on naturalism.
Morgan Blackledge

No exaggeration, this book has spellbindingly thought provoking high moments. Even if you have previously gone over all the material covered in the book i.e. even if you already "know" all this stuff, the author Scott M. James does an amazing job of curating the material and leading you through the historical arguments - step by step - and (at least in my case) eliciting juicy, fun, engaging new insights and questions. I know, I know, that's what goo...more
Robin Kujau
Brilliant book! Loved every chapter!
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