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A natural history of human morality, Michael Tomasello

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A natural history of human morality
Title
A natural history of human morality
Statement of responsibility
Michael Tomasello
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Language
eng
Summary
A Natural History of Human Morality offers the most detailed account to date of the evolution of human moral psychology. Based on extensive experimental data comparing great apes and human children, Michael Tomasello reconstructs how early humans gradually became an ultra-cooperative and, eventually, a moral species. There were two key evolutionary steps, each founded on a new way that individuals could act together as a plural agent "we". The first step occurred as ecological challenges forced early humans to forage together collaboratively or die. To coordinate these collaborative activities, humans evolved cognitive skills of joint intentionality, ensuring that both partners knew together the normative standards governing each role. To reduce risk, individuals could make an explicit joint commitment that "we" forage together and share the spoils together as equally deserving partners, based on shared senses of trust, respect, and responsibility. The second step occurred as human populations grew and the division of labor became more complex. Distinct cultural groups emerged that demanded from members loyalty, conformity, and cultural identity. In becoming members of a new cultural "we", modern humans evolved cognitive skills of collective intentionality, resulting in culturally created and objectified norms of right and wrong that everyone in the group saw as legitimate morals for anyone who would be one of "us". As a result of this two-stage process, contemporary humans possess both a second-personal morality for face-to-face engagement with individuals and a group-minded "objective" morality that obliges them to the moral community as a whole.--
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Tomasello, Michael
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illustrations
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Ethics
  • Ethics, Evolutionary
  • Philosophical anthropology
Label
A natural history of human morality, Michael Tomasello
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-186) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The interdependence hypothesis -- Evolution of cooperation -- Second-person morality -- "Objective" morality -- Human morality as cooperation-plus -- Conclusion
Control code
FIEb17795357
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 194 pages
Isbn
9780674088641
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982307826
Label
A natural history of human morality, Michael Tomasello
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-186) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The interdependence hypothesis -- Evolution of cooperation -- Second-person morality -- "Objective" morality -- Human morality as cooperation-plus -- Conclusion
Control code
FIEb17795357
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 194 pages
Isbn
9780674088641
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982307826

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