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Moral Animals: Ideals and Constraints in Moral Theory

Catherine Wilson

Abstract

Moral Animals offers a set of anthropological and conceptual foundations for moral theory before turning to the problem of overdemandingness or exigency as it afflicts contemporary egalitarianism. The first half of the book is devoted to a discussion of the bearing of evolutionary theory on ethics and metaethics. After arguing that morality presupposes and compensates for asymmetrical relations of advantage and social power, the author addresses the problem of objectivity, showing in what sense moral judgements are susceptible of confirmation, whether or not moral realism is tenable. In the se ... More

Keywords: affluence, co‐operation, distributive justice, equality, evolutionary theory, exigency, merit, moral realism, morality, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267675
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199267677.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Wilson, author
Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
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