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Biology and the Foundations of Ethics

Biology and the Foundations of Ethics

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Michael Ruse, Jane Maienschein, James G. Lennox, Michael Bradie, Phillip Sloan, Paul Farber, Myles Jackson, Robert J. Richards, Jean Gayon, Marga Vicedo, Diane Paul, Raphael Falk, Peter Woolcock, Robert J. McShea, Daniel McShea
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  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559232

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  • There has been much attention devoted in recent years to the question of whether our moral principles can be related to our biological nature. This collection of new essays focuses on the connection between biology and foundational questions in ethics. The book asks such questions as whether humans are innately selfish, and whether there are particular facets of human nature that bear directly on social practices. This is the first book to offer this historical perspective on the relation of biology and ethics, and has been written by some of the leading figures in the history and philosophy of science, whose work stands very much at the cutting edge of these disciplines.

    • The first book to offer a historical perspective on the hot topic of the relationship of biology and ethics
    • First-class team of contributors
    • All new essays specially commissioned for this volume
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    "Evolution is present in some essays, but the general effort of the contributors - 'to ground ethics in nature' - provides a profitable read on the important issues in biology and science, especially for biologists, philosophers and social scientists." Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559232
    • length: 346 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.485kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael Ruse and Jane Maienschein
    1. Aristotle on the biological roots of virtue: the natural history of natural virtue James G. Lennox
    2. The moral status of animals in the eighteenth century British philosophy Michael Bradie
    3. From natural to evolutionary ethics Phillip Sloan
    4. French evolutionary ethics during the Third Republic Paul Farber
    5. The state and nature of unity and freedom Myles Jackson
    6. Darwin's Romantic biology, the foundation of his evolutionary ethics Robert J. Richards
    7. Nietzsche and Darwin Jean Gayon
    8. Evolutionary ethics in the twentieth century: Julian Sorrel Huxley and George Gaylord Simpson Michael Ruse
    9. The laws of inheritance and the rules of morality: early geneticists on evolution and ethics Marga Vicedo
    10. Scientific responsibility and political context: the case of genetics under the Swastika Diane Paul and Raphael Falk
    11. The case against revolutionary ethics today Peter Woolcock
    12. Biology and value theory Robert J. McShea and Daniel McShea.

  • Editors

    Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University

    Michael Ruse, University of Guelph, Ontario


    Michael Ruse, Jane Maienschein, James G. Lennox, Michael Bradie, Phillip Sloan, Paul Farber, Myles Jackson, Robert J. Richards, Jean Gayon, Marga Vicedo, Diane Paul, Raphael Falk, Peter Woolcock, Robert J. McShea, Daniel McShea

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