How can evolution and neuroscience help us understand moral capacities?

Randolph M. Nesse

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2 Scopus citations


Trying to understand morality has been a central human preoccupation for as far back as human history extends, and for very good reasons. The core phenomenon is readily observable: we humans judge each other's behaviour as right or wrong, and each other's selves as moral or immoral. If others view you as moral, you will thrive in the bosom of a human group. If, however, others view you as immoral, you are in deep trouble; you may even die young, either at the hands of others, or alone in the bush. These are very good reasons indeed for close attention to morality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Moral Brain
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Aspects of Morality
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781402062872
ISBN (Print)9781402062865
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Neuroscience


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