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Bending the Rules: Morality in the Modern World - From Relationships to Politics and War

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Robert A. Hinde is Emeritus Professor of Ethology at the University of Cambridge, and former Master of St. John's College, Cambridge. An acclaimed scientist and peace advocate, he is Fellow of the Royal Society, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199218978
  • ASIN: B005UVZFH2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Robert Aubrey Hinde is a famous zoologist and peace activist, being the chair of the British Pugwash, an international conflict resolution organization founded by Joseph Rotblat (a contributor to this book) and preeminent philosopher Bertrand Russell. He was mentor to both the developmental psychologist John Bowlby and the primatologists Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Hinde describes this book as an application of evolutionary biology and psychology to moral theory, with the aim of showing the danger and immorality of war.

Hinde's first principle is that human morality is the product of evolutionary biology rather than intuition or philosophical truth. "The role of morality,'' says Hinde, "is to maintain a balance between two categories of human behaviour, prosociality... and selfish assertiveness." (2) Societies that developed cultural rules favoring prosociality simply outcompeted those in which individuals were allowed to operate in their natural condition of selfish assertiveness. "Selfish assertiveness," he asserts, "can be accounted for as the direct result of natural selection...Prosociality directed preferentially to kin is largely a result of natural selection...Prosociality to non-kin...is largely the result of cultural selection between competing groups" (50)

Hinde does not get into the details of gene-culture coevolution, but his account of human morality depends implicitly on this version of Darwinian theory. Because societies promoting prosocial moral rules outcompete societies promoting selfish assertiveness, prosocial cultures became ubiquitous in human society, so that individuals who could not adjust to prosocial behavior suffered a fitness disadvantage compare to those predisposed to moral behavior.
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This drivel attempts to look at ethics from the point of view of evolutionary biology. Why do people break the rules in certain situations? Good question. Too bad the author couldn't communicate his ideas clearly or coherently. It meanders a lot, and is boring. It lacks substance. If you want to look at ethics from an evolutionary viewpoint, check out "Mean Genes". Move along, folks, nothing to see here.
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