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The Biology and Psychology of Moral Agency

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521064507

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  • This important book brings recent findings and theories in biology and psychology to bear on the fundamental question in ethics of what it means to behave morally. By presenting a complete model of moral agency based on contemporary evolutionary theory, developmental biology and psychology, and social cognitive theory, the book offers a unique perspective. It will be read with profit by a broad range of philosophers, as well as psychologists and biologists.

    • Brings together philosophy and research in biology and cognitive psychology in a unique way
    • Interdisciplinary interest: philosophy, biology, psychology
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    "This unique integrationist approach will be profitable reading for philosophers and scientists and represents an important first step toward a more comprehensive view of the moral realm. Graduate students; faculty; researchers." Choice

    "This text has value in the thought-provoking journey it offers through modern developments in sociobiology and psychology." Bridges Fall/ Winter 2001

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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521064507
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.462kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Moral Agency and Scientific Naturalism:
    1. Understanding moral agency: what is a scientific naturalist view of moral agency?
    Part II. The Biological Bases of Moral Agency:
    2. Evolution and moral agency: can evolution endow us with moral capacities?
    3. Evolution and moral agency: Does Evolution endow us with moral capacities?
    4. Developmental biology and psychology and moral agency: how do our biologically-based moral capacities develop?
    Part III. The Psychological Bases of moral Agency:
    5. Behavioral psychology and moral agency: how do we learn to behave morally?
    6. Social cognitive psychology and moral agency: how do we learn to act morally?
    7. The neurophysiological bases of moral capacities: do the neurosciences have room for moral agents?
    Part IV. A Scientific Naturalist Account of Moral Agency:
    8. The adequacy of moral beliefs, motivations and actions: how can biological and psychological explanations serve as justifications?
    9. Moral ontology: what is the ontological status of moral values?
    Part V. Integrating a Personalistic and Naturalistic View of Agency:
    10. The manifest and scientific images of morality: how can we integrate our ordinary and scientifically based views of moral agency?

  • Author

    William Andrew Rottschaefer, Lewis and Clark College, Portland

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