Moral Awareness

Richard Swinburne

in The Evolution of the Soul

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236986
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598593 | DOI:
Moral Awareness

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Human souls unlike animal ones have moral beliefs, universalizable beliefs of a certain kind about what is best to do Hence, they have a conscience that urges them to do some actions and not others. Moral beliefs are a natural acquisition for thinking humans, though not one that conveys any evolutionary advantage on the possessor.

Keywords: animals; conscience; Darwin; evolution; Huxley; moral belief; morality; soul

Chapter.  4578 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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