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The Biology and Psychology of Moral Agency : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology - William Andrew Rottschaefer

The Biology and Psychology of Moral Agency

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1997
ISBN: 9780521592659
Number Of Pages: 308

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This important book brings recent findings and theories in biology and psychology to bear on the fundamental question in ethics of what it means to behave morally. By presenting a complete model of moral agency based on contemporary evolutionary theory, developmental biology and psychology, and social cognitive theory, the book offers a unique perspective. It will be read with profit by a broad range of philosophers, as well as psychologists and biologists.

From the hardback review: 'It is well written, groundbreaking in its integration of three fields of enquiry (biology, psychology, and philosophy) and superbly organized. This book will be an important contribution to the important and exciting research into the nature and grounding of morality.' Paul Thompson, Professor of Biology and Philosophy, University of Toronto From the hardback review: 'To call this an ambitious book is wildly to understate its aspirations ... This is a rich and wide-ranging book.' Human Nature Review

Moral Agency and Scientific Naturalism
Understanding moral agency: what is a scientific naturalist view of moral agency?
The Biological Bases of Moral Agency
Evolution and moral agency: can evolution endow us with moral capacities?
Evolution and moral agency: Does Evolution endow us with moral capacities?
Developmental biology and psychology and moral agency: how do our biologically-based moral capacities develop?
The Psychological Bases of moral Agency
Behavioral psychology and moral agency: how do we learn to behave morally?
Social cognitive psychology and moral agency: how do we learn to act morally?
The neurophysiological bases of moral capacities: do the neurosciences have room for moral agents?
A Scientific Naturalist Account of Moral Agency
The adequacy of moral beliefs, motivations and actions: how can biological and psychological explanations serve as justifications?
Moral ontology: what is the ontological status of moral values?
Integrating a Personalistic and Naturalistic View of Agency
The manifest and scientific images of morality: how can we integrate our ordinary and scientifically based views of moral agency?
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ISBN: 9780521592659
ISBN-10: 0521592658
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 28th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62