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The Moral Psychology Handbook$
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John M. Doris and The Moral Psychology Research Group

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.001.0001

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Evolution of Moralitys 1

Evolution of Moralitys 1

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(p.3) 1 Evolution of Moralitys1
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The Moral Psychology Handbook
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Edouard Machery (Contributor Webpage)

Ron Mallon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.003.0002

This chapter examines whether morality really evolved, as many philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, and biologists claim. It distinguishes three possible versions of this claim and reviews the evidence in support of each. It concludes that two versions of the claim that morality evolved are relatively well supported, but that they are unlikely to have significant philosophical consequences, while the stronger version, which is of real interest to philosophers, is in fact empirically unsupported.

Keywords:   fairness, adaptation, moral emotions, guilt, shame, norms, moral, conventional distinction, cultural variation, cooperation

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