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Evolution, Ecology, and Ethics

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226548
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0009
Evolution, Ecology, and Ethics

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This chapter explores the role of anthropological claims in ethics with a look at the ways the natural sciences might contribute to alternative narratives about human nature and relations with the nonhuman world. It discusses the implications of evolutionary theory for human nature and humans' place in nature and looks at the increasingly rich picture of nonhuman behavior provided by studies of animal behavior. It also evaluates the role of ecological knowledge in ideas about human nature and environmental ethics.

Keywords: ethics; natural sciences; human nature; evolutionary theory; nonhuman behavior; animal behavior; ecological knowledge; environmental ethics

Chapter.  13123 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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