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Commonsense Darwinism : Evolution, Morality, and the Human Condition - John Lemos

Commonsense Darwinism

Evolution, Morality, and the Human Condition

Paperback Published: 1st November 2008
ISBN: 9780812696325
Number Of Pages: 288

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Commonsense Darwinism surveys and responds to recent philosophical discussions of the implications of evolutionary biology. Lemos defends an objectivist account of ethics and criticizes Michael Ruse's nonobjectivist evolutionary ethics, while explaining his own differences with other writers who combine evolution and objective ethics. He expounds and criticizes James Rachels's argument that Darwinism implies vegetarianism, and examines Alvin Plantinga's attempt to show that if evolution is true, we cannot know anything. Lemos looks closely at various views on the issue of whether people are necessarily fundamentally selfish, and also argues that evolution is fully compatible with free will.

Defending a sociobiological account of moralityp. 1
Nonobjectivist evolutionary ethicsp. 29
Recent objectivist approaches to evolutionary ethicsp. 43
Sketch of an Aristotelian evolutionary ethicsp. 63
Evolutionary biology and the moral status of animalsp. 83
Faith, reason, and evolutionary epistemologyp. 117
Psychological egoism and evolutionary biologyp. 151
Evolution and free will : Darwinian non-naturalism defendedp. 173
Recent developments in the philosophy of evolutionp. 191
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780812696325
ISBN-10: 0812696328
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st November 2008
Publisher: Cricket Books, a division of Carus Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.34

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