A Better Ape: The Evolution of the Moral Mind and How it Made Us Human

New York, NY: Oxford University Press (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Humans are moral creatures. Among all life on Earth, we alone experience rich moral emotions, follow complex rules governing how we treat one another, and engage in moral dialogue. But how did human morality evolve? And can humans become morally evolved? In A Better Ape, Victor Kumar and Richmond Campbell draw on the latest research in the biological and social sciences to explain the key role that morality has played in human evolution. They explore the moral traits that humans share with chimpanzees; how a more complex moral mind enabled Homo sapiens to arise and out-compete other human species; and the place of morality alongside historic revolutions in technology and social organization. Throughout the book, Kumar and Campbell argue that morality co-evolved with intelligence and complex sociality. Morality prevents societal collapse and enables complex knowledge. After unearthing the ancient origins of human morality, Kumar and Campbell use evolutionary theory to deliver profound insights about how to advance moral progress and resist moral regress, such as reducing animal suffering on industrial farms; capitalizing on the recent revolution in gay rights to foster a nascent revolution in transgender rights; opposing intersectional inequality that impacts women and people of color in lower socioeconomic classes; and addressing major problems of global inequality, especially impending crises of injustice caused by anthropogenic climate change. Understanding how we evolved--and how we continue to evolve--can help us become a better ape.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,479

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

In Search of an Objective Moral Good.Francesco Belfiore - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 10:25-32.
Introduction: The Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture.Gary Hatfield - 2013 - In Gary Hatfield & Holly Pittman (eds.), Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 1-44.
10 The evolution of strategic thinking.Adam Morton - 2000 - In Peter Carruthers & A. Chamberlain (eds.), Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition. Cambridge University Press. pp. 218.
Mind reading, deception and the evolution of Kantian moral agents.Alejandro Rosas - 2004 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 34 (2):127–139.
Mind as an Evolving Triadic Entity.Francesco Belfiore - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 42:5-12.
A moral vision for transhumanism.Patrick D. Hopkins - 2008 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 19 (1):3-7.
Different Kinds of Evolution.J. Arthur Thomson - 1926 - Philosophy 1 (1):50-54.
Symmetry and the evolution of the modular linguistic mind.Thomas Wynn - 2000 - In Peter Carruthers & A. Chamberlain (eds.), Evolution and the Human Mind: Modularity, Language and Meta-Cognition. Cambridge University Press. pp. 113--39.

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-09-23

Downloads
7 (#1,045,962)

6 months
7 (#118,276)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Victor Kumar
Boston University

Citations of this work

Varieties of moral motivation: Empirical perspectives.Mark Alfano - forthcoming - In David Copp & Connie Rosati (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references