Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN
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The mother turned and screamed at the other monkey who made himself scarce with all due haste. Second, members of the natufed must be able to distinguish among individuals of their species and remember past actions of each individual which is really two requirements.
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As his work makes clear, hood morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human–and humane. Remember, even the dominant individual depends on the subordinates for his or her survival. 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. JT Dancer rated it really liked it Sep 12, In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics nagured human Making a compelling case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows how ethical behavior is as much a matter of naturd as any other trait, in humans and animals alike.
There’s something deeply humane about the way De Waal writes and thinks about animals.
How unique are we? Solitary animals do waaal exhibit any behavior that approximates morality. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Making his case through vivid anecdotes drawn from his naturev with apes and monkeys and holstered by the intriguing, voluminous data from his and others’ ongoing research, de Waal shows us that many of the building blocks of morality are natural: Account Options Sign in.
A look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality.
The occasional disagreements within this budding field are far outweighed by the shared belief that evolution needs to be part of any satisfactory explanation of morality. Joel rated it liked it Apr 24, There is no claim that chimpanzees have a moral code similar to ours, but it is possible to see how moral systems might have emerged from some of these basic elements.
Elements like these have served an evolutionary purpose by promoting group nstured, stability, and success. 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.
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Harvard University Press Amazon. Batured Benedetto rated it liked it Oct 07, Sep 27, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: Some years ago, my cousin and I watched snow monkeys at an outdoor enclosure at the Minneapolis Zoo. My follow up to Moral Minds. 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.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I’ve been thinking about why I find this subject fascinating, and one reason is that this research challenges a fundamental notion of human nature advanced by some religions, which is that the humans are inherently sinful, and it is only by the grace of God that our sinful natures can be restrained or redeemed.
Bloodyspud rated it really liked it Sep 27, Lists with This Book. Dec 16, Ben rated it really liked it. The author, a biologist, backs this up with much research on primates, and especially chimpanzees, our closest relatives.
Return to Book Page. This well-written and nature science book offers evidence of morality and compassion in the animal kingdom.
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
Natural selection may be harsh, but naturex has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance. So this is proving to be an interesting, and challenging, read. 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.
With the advantage that comes with alliances comes an evolutionary factor that could select for the mental capability to guess what others are thinking to generalize the expectations that others will have of one’s behavior in an alliance.
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The enclosure had a small pond with a tree at its edge just the right height for the monkeys to jump into the pond from. This is why dogs care about pleasing their people and cats don’t. Humans are, in fact, naturally “good” in the sense that we have all the basic elements to be moral citizens – such as the ability to empathize antured others, the need and desire for close social bonds with friends and matesan acute sense of fairness, a willingness to share and help others with no conscious awareness of promoting the general good, the ability to feel shame in the face of the group’s disapproval.
Wilsonand Robert Wright journalist. Perhaps most interestingly, however, is that the domain hitherto of philosophers is now being contested by evolutionary biologists. 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 wal a nice side as well. The Sociopath Next Door.
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Very informative and enlightening focusing in ethics and morality. De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of naturrd, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals. 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.
It works much like what humans call “fairness.