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Animals, Emotions, and Moral Behavior

Mark Rowlands

in Can Animals Be Moral?

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199842001
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842001.003.0001
Animals, Emotions, and Moral Behavior

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This chapter is an introduction to the basic thesis of the book: the possibility of moral action in animals. It explains precisely what this thesis is: animals can act for moral reasons, where these reasons take the form of emotions that possess moral content. The occurrence of this thesis—or similar theses—in the work of others is examined.

Keywords: Darwin; de Waal; Bekoff; moral emotions; moral behavior

Chapter.  11648 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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