Moral Minds How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong

ISBN-10: 0060780703
ISBN-13: 9780060780708
Edition: 2006
Authors: Marc Hauser
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/22/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Marc Hauser's eminently readable and comprehensive book Moral Minds is revolutionary. He argues that humans have evolved a universal moral instinct, unconsciously propelling us to deliver judgments of right and wrong independent of gender, education, and religion. Experience tunes up our moral actions, guiding what we do as opposed to how we deliver our moral verdicts. For hundreds of years, scholars have argued that moral judgments arise from rational and voluntary deliberations about what ought to be. The common belief today is that we reach moral decisions by consciously reasoning from principled explanations of what society determines is right or wrong. This perspective has generated the further belief that our moral psychology is founded entirely on experience and education, developing slowly and subject to considerable variation across cultures. In his groundbreaking book, Hauser shows that this dominant view is illusory. Combining his own cutting-edge research with findings in cognitive psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, economics, and anthropology, he examines the implications of his theory for issues of bioethics, religion, law, and our everyday lives.

Marc D. Hauser is a professor at Harvard University, where as a Fellow of the Mind, Brain, & Behavior Program he performs laboratory research, supplemented by fieldwork around the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife & their menagerie of animals.

Prologue: Righteous Voices
What's Wrong?
Universal Declarations
Justice for All
Grammars of Violence
Native Sense
The Moral Organ
Permissible Instincts
Evolving Code
Roots of Right
First Principles
Epilogue: The Right Impulse
Notes
References
Index

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