Behavioral Ethics

Herbert Gintis

in Creating Consilience

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794393
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919338 | DOI:

Series: New Directions in Cognitive Science

Behavioral Ethics

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Philosophical views about morality have traditionally been supported by abstract reasoning and introspection, with, at best, passing reference to actual human behavior. Behavioral ethics develops models of human morality based upon the fact that morality is an emergent property of the evolutionary dynamic that gave rise to our species. Propositions concerning moral behavior are framed and tested using the methods of game theory, using subjects from a variety of social backgrounds and cultures.

Keywords: behavioral economics; game theory; ethics; evolution; moral behavior

Chapter.  7527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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