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Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom? Must an animal be human to he humane? In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human. Making a compelling case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows how ethical behavior is as much a matter of evolution as any other trait, in humans and animals alike. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees—the nastier side of animal life—Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well. Through his eyes, we see how not just primates but all kinds of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share food, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness.

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Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom? Must an animal be human to he humane? In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human. Making a compelling case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows how ethical behavior is as much a matter of evolution as any other trait, in humans and animals alike. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees—the nastier side of animal life—Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.

Through his eyes, we see how not just primates but all kinds of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share food, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness. Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance. De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals.

As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human—and humane. Buy Elsewhere.

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Dec 16, Ben rated it really liked it. Some folks find it depressing to imagine generosity and love as somehow biologically based, but I think its pretty darn interesting. Views Read Edit View history. Chimps who always favor stronger or more dominant chimps in altercations presumably to curry favor with the strongest allies usually are overthrown in the dominance hierarchy. Through his eyes, we see how not just primates but all kinds of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share food, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness. What would have held primitive human and pre-human groups together, and how would moral systems have ever emerged?

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It presents a lucid, straightforward account of how our moral faculties may have evolved from our pre-human ancestors. There is a secular version of this view My follow up to Moral Minds. There is a secular version of this view as well, which holds that humans are beasts at heart whose basest instincts are held in check by a mere veneer of civilization. Take away our modern moral codes and laws and the beast quickly emerges. I find this to be a grim, depressing view of what it means to be human, one that has us constantly at war with our inner selves.

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