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Good Natured

The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals

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$31.00 • £24.95 • €28.00

ISBN 9780674356610

Publication Date: 10/15/1997


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

78 halftones, 13 line illustrations


  • Prologue
  • 1. Darwinian Dilemmas
    • Survival of the Unfittest
    • Biologicizing Morality
    • Calvinist Sociobiology
    • A Broader View
    • The Invisible Grasping Organ
    • Ethology and Ethics
    • Photo Essay: Closeness
  • 2. Sympathy
    • Warm Blood in Cold Waters
    • Special Treatment of the Handicapped
    • Responses to Injury and Death
    • Having Broad Nails
    • The Social Mirror
    • Lying and Aping Apes
    • Simian Sympathy
    • A World without Compassion
    • Photo Essay: Cognition and Empathy
  • 3. Rank and Order
    • A Sense of Social Regularity
    • The Monkey’s Behind
    • Guilt and Shame
    • Unruly Youngsters
    • The Blushing Primate
    • Two Genders, Two Moralities?
    • Umbilical versus Confrontational Bonds
    • Primus inter Pares
  • 4. Quid pro Quo
    • The Less-than-Golden Rule
    • Mobile Meals
    • At the Circle’s Center
    • A Concept of Giving
    • Testing for Reciprocity
    • From Revenge to Justice
    • Photo Essay: Help from a Friend
  • 5. Getting Along
    • The Social Cage
    • The Relational Model
    • Peacemaking
    • Rope Walking
    • Baboon Testimony
    • Draining the Behavioral Sink
    • Community Concern
    • Photo Essay: War and Peace
  • 6. Conclusion
    • What Does It Take to Be Moral?
    • Floating Pyramids
    • A Hole in the Head
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Library Journal Best Science & Technology Book of 1996
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