Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective

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Philip Clayton, Jeffrey Schloss
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 4 авг. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 339
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Christians frequently resist evolutionary theory, believing it to be incompatible with the core values of their tradition. But what exactly are the tensions between evolution and religious faith in the area of human morality? Evolution and Ethics examines the burning questions of human morality from the standpoint of Christian thought and contemporary biology, asking where the two perspectives diverge and where they may complement one another.

Representing a significant dialogue between world-class scientists, philosophers, and theologians, this volume explores the central features of biological and religious accounts of human morality, introducing the leading theories and locating the key points of contention. Central to these discussions are the questions of whether human actions are ever genuinely selfless, whether there is something in the moral life that transcends biological function, and whether one can sensibly speak of an overall purpose to the course of evolution.

Certain to engage scholars, students, and general readers alike, Evolution and Ethics offers a balanced, levelheaded, constructive approach to an often divisive debate.


Larry Arnhart
Christopher Boehm
Craig A. Boyd
Robert Boyd
Michael J. Chapman
Philip Clayton
Loren Haarsma
John Hare
S. Mark Heim
David C. Lahti
Thomas Jay Oord
Gregory R. Peterson
Joseph Poulshock
Peter J. Richerson
Philip A. Rolnick
Holmes Rolston III
Michael Ruse
Jeffrey Schloss
René van Woudenberg

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Evolutionary Ethics Past and Present
Darwinian Evolutionary Ethics Between Patriotism and Sympathy
Explaining the Prosocial Side of Moral Communities
Hominid Failings An Evolutionary Basis for Sin in Individuals and Corporations
The Leverage of Language on Altruism and Morality
You Have Heard but I Tell You A Test of the Adaptive Significance of Moral Evolution
Evolution and Divine Revelation Synergy Not Conflict in Understanding Morality
Darwinian and Ideological Explanations Are They Incompatible?
Thomistic Natural Law and the Limits of Evolutionary Psychology
The Good Samaritan and His Genes
A CrossSection of Sin The Mimetic Character of Human Nature in Biological and Theological Perspective
Falling Up Evolution and Original Sin
Morals Love and Relations in Evolutionary Theory
Darwins Problems NeoDarwinian Solutions and Jesus Love Commands
Biology and Purpose Altruism Morality and Human Nature in Evolutionary Perspective
List of Contributors

Is There an Evolutionary Foundation for Human Morality?
The Darwinian Moral Sense and Biblical Religion

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Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor of Theology at theClaremont School of Theology and professor of philosophyand religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont,California. He is also the author of Explanation fromPhysics to Philosophy: An Essay in Rationality andReligion (Yale) and the Templeton Prize?winning bookGod and Contemporary Science (Eerdmans).

Jeffrey Schloss is Professor of Biology at Westmont Collegein Santa Barbara, California.

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