Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Biology and Psychology of Moral Agency

AUD$49.95 exc GST

Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

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

AUD$ 49.95 exc GST

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

Please email to enquire about an inspection copy of this book

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This important book brings findings and theories in biology and psychology to bear on the fundamental question in ethics of what it means to behave morally. It explains how we acquire and put to work our capacities to act morally and how these capacities are reliable means to achieving true moral beliefs, proper moral motivations, and successful moral actions. 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 swathe 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'It is well written, groundbreaking in its integration of three fields of enquiry (biology, psychology, and philosophy) and superbly organized. This book will be an important contribution to the important and exciting research into the nature and grounding of morality.' Paul Thompson, University of Toronto

    Review of the hardback: 'To call this an ambitious book is wildly to understate its aspirations … This is a rich and wide-ranging book.' Human Nature Review

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • 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

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.