Evolution and Morality

Evolution and Morality : NOMOS LII

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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
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.
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  • Electronic book text | 409 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • New York University Press
  • New York, United States
  • 0814738435
  • 9780814738436

Table of contents

Preface James E. Fleming and Sanford Levinson Contributors PART I. NATURALISTIC ETHICS 1. Naturalistic Ethics without Fallacies Philip Kitcher 2. The Two Faces of MoralityRobin Bradley Kar 3. Missing HeritabilityJonathan Beckwith and Corey A. Morris-SingerPART II. LAW AND BEHAVIORAL MORALITY 4. Law and Behavioral Morality Nita A. Farahany 5. Rethinking UnreasonablenessAmanda C. Pustilnik 6. A Case Study in Neuroscience and ResponsibilityWalter Sinnott-Armstrong 7. Science FictionJennifer L. CulbertPART III. BIOPOLITICAL SCIENCE 8. Biopolitical ScienceLarry Arnhart 9. Comment on Larry Arnhart, "Biopolitical Science" Daniel Lord Smail 10. Arnhart's Explanatory Pluralism Richard A. RichardsPART IV. NATURE, CONSERVATISM, AND PROGRESSIVISM 11. Against Nature Elizabeth F. Emens 12. Nature, Culture, and Social EngineeringLinda C. McClain Index
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