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Evolution and Morality: NOMOS LII

James E. Fleming and Sanford Levinson


Can theories of evolution explain the development of our capacity for moral judgment and the content of morality itself? If bad behavior punished by the criminal law is attributable to physical causes, rather than being intentional or voluntary as traditionally assumed, what are the implications for rethinking the criminal justice system? Is evolutionary theory and “nature talk,” at least as practiced to date, inherently conservative and resistant to progressive and feminist proposals for social changes to counter subordination and secure equality? This book addresses many of the philosophical ... More

Keywords: theories of evolution, moral judgment, morality, criminal justice system, evolutionary theory, naturalistic ethics, behavioral morality, biopolitical science, social engineering

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814771228
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814771228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Fleming, editor

Sanford Levinson, editor

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Part I Naturalistic Ethics

2 The Two Faces of Morality

Robin Bradley Kar

3 Missing Heritability

Jonathan Beckwith And Corey A. Morris-Singer

Part II Law and Behavioral Morality

5 Rethinking Unreasonableness

Amanda C. Pustilnik

7 Science Fiction

Jennifer L. Culbert

Part III Biopolitical Science

8 Biopolitical Science

Larry Arnhart

Part IV Nature, Conservatism, and Progressivism

11 Against Nature

Elizabeth F. Emens

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