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Evolutionary Psychology

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066356.003.0007
Evolutionary Psychology

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This chapter argues that the meanings and background conditions that we should take from evolutionary psychology and bear in mind when we are trying to determine the good life are the following: first, we should realize that the process of evolution has unfolded a world of grandeur and beauty that harbors but is not overcome by violence; second, we have to remember that humans have evolved in this process under certain conditions (the ancestral environment) in which they came to prosper materially and morally; and third, it must be understood that evolution has given us the talents to discover norms of truth, goodness, and beauty.

Keywords: good life; evolution; prosperity; truth; goodness; beauty

Chapter.  3766 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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