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The Origins of Morality: An Evolutionary Account

Dennis Krebs


This book updates Darwin’s early account of the evolution of morality in light of contemporary theory and research from a wide array of academic areas. The evidence supports two main propositions. First, a capacity for morality evolved in the human species because it helped early humans survive, reproduce, and propagate their genes. Second, traditional psychological accounts of morality can be improved by recognizing that processes such as those that regulate social learning, moral reasoning, empathy, perspective-taking, and conscience, are products of evolution. To account for the sources ... More

Keywords: morality, Darwin, empathy, altruism, cooperation, moral reasoning, conscience, self-control, deference, moral obligation, sympathy, gratitude, guilt, forgiveness, righteous indignation

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778232.001.0001


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Dennis Krebs, author
Simon Fraser University
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