Of course no such romantic demonstration is forthcoming. How could it be?
Perhaps De Waal only intends to be character witness on the side of the defense in the case of Morality versus Mother Nature and to tilt the testimony a bit more in her favor. He certainly knows that the defendant is amoral, not virtuous, and that she reserves plenty of room for the bad as well as the good. Mother Nature is so amoral that De Waal seems unable to tell us how a Darwinian would distinguish a virtuous motive fidelity, honesty from a vicious one infidelity, deception when both have been selected and regenerated in the natural world.
It is hard to be a Darwinian and believe in the goodness of nature at the same time.
Good Natured and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved (The University Center for. In Good Natured Frans de Waal, ethologist and primatologist, asks us to reconsider human morality in light of moral aspects that. Frans de Waal takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human. Good Natured. The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals.
He was led to infer existence of a higher intelligence and even to embrace spiritualism. Read the book and make your own predictions.
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Good Natured Franz Waal. The author challenges those who have declared ethics uniquely human. Making a case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows that ethical behaviour, in humans and animals alike, is as much a matter of evolution as any other trait. Anecdotes, theories and data are used throughout.
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Find Rare Books Book Value. McGrew Scientific American In [this] original and engaging new book The book employs a solid core of statistical evidence to bolster his case, but what makes his argument so compelling is the richness of detail De Waal is an original thinker and writes with such a light hand that the reader can take a stimulating ride through his imaginative philosophical discourse This work is He is more or less ideally placed to answer that question, after years of perceptive research on captive chimpanzees, bonobos and monkeys As de Waal fans will already know, chimpanzees and other primates come alive as individuals under his expert gaze Sympathy, attachment, social norms, punishment, a sense of justice, reciprocation, peacemaking and community concern--all are writ large in chimpanzee society.
Good Natured makes the point with the help of a profusion of gripping examples. Not only does this tighten up the terms of the debate as did ape language research for linguistics , but ironically it injects a special kind of humanism that recognises the origins of our moral failings as well as our successes. Snowdon Science A large and entertaining collection of anecdotes about animal behaviour.
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. On some biological origins of morality. So now I think most people are basically good but a small minority are unredeemable.
These are used to bolster the proposition that mental processes governing complex forms of human behaviour, such as sympathy and empathy with others, must have their homologues in the animal kingdom De Waal skilfully weaves together anecdotes, theories and data to create a text that is thought-provoking and a pleasure to read.
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