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Can theories of evolution explain the development of our capacity for moral judgment and the content of morality itself? If bad behavior punished by the criminal law is attributable to physical causes, rather than being intentional or voluntary as traditionally assumed, what are the implications for rethinking the criminal justice system? Is evolutionary theory and “nature talk,” at least as practiced to date, inherently conservative and resistant to progressive and feminist proposals for social changes to counter subordination and secure equality?
 
In Evolution and Morality, a group of contributors from philosophy, law, political science, history, and genetics address many of the philosophical, legal, and political issues raised by such questions. This insightful interdisciplinary volume examines the possibilities of a naturalistic ethics, the implications of behavioral morality for reform of the criminal law, the prospects for a biopolitical science, and the relationship between nature, culture, and social engineering.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. PART I: NATURALISTIC ETHICS
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Naturalistic Ethics without Fallacies
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. 2. The Two Faces of Morality: How Evolutionary Theory Can Both Vindicate and Debunk Morality (with a Special Nod to the Growing Importance of Law)
  2. pp. 31-99
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  1. 3. Missing Heritability: Hidden Environment in Genetic Studies of Human Behavior
  2. pp. 100-112
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  1. PART II: LAW AND BEHAVIORAL MORALITY
  2. p. 113
  1. 4. Law and Behavioral Morality
  2. pp. 115-165
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  1. 5. Rethinking Unreasonableness: A Comment on Nita Farahany’s “Law and Behavioral Morality”
  2. pp. 166-193
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  1. 6. A Case Study in Neuroscience and Responsibility
  2. pp. 194-211
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  1. 7. Science Fiction: Some Unexamined Assumptions of Nita Farahany’s “Law and Behavioral Morality”
  2. pp. 212-217
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  1. PART III: BIOPOLITICAL SCIENCE
  2. p. 219
  1. 8. Biopolitical Science
  2. pp. 221-265
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  1. 9. Comment on Larry Arnhart, “Biopolitical Science”
  2. pp. 266-276
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  1. 10. Arnhart’s Explanatory Pluralism
  2. pp. 277-290
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  1. PART IV: NATURE, CONSERVATISM, AND PROGRESSIVISM
  2. p. 291
  1. 11. Against Nature
  2. pp. 293-346
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  1. 12. Nature, Culture, and Social Engineering: Reflections on Evolution and Equality
  2. pp. 347-391
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 393-399
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814737828
Related ISBN
9780814771228
MARC Record
OCLC
811505407
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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