Evolutionary Ethics: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Peter A. Corning

in Holistic Darwinism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226116136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116334 | DOI:
Evolutionary Ethics: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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This chapter discusses the history of the long-standing and vexed debate over evolutionary ethics, which is considered an inescapable aspect of any paradigm shift in evolutionary theory. It explains that changes in evolutionary theory have major implications both for our ethics and our understanding of the moral impulses that shape our lives and societies. This chapter suggests that the main theoretical impediment to a robust evolutionary ethics can be removed when Neo-Darwinism is replaced by the more balanced, ecumenical, economically oriented paradigm of Holistic Darwinism. It also provides arguments favoring the proposition that our ethical systems are products of human evolution and are genetically grounded.

Keywords: evolutionary ethics; paradigm shift; evolutionary theory; Neo-Darwinism; Holistic Darwinism; human evolution

Chapter.  9661 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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