Is our motivation to be moral determined totally by our genes, or are there other factors at work? This is the only book to examine the field in its entirety, starting with Darwin and moving on to explore how morality could have evolved, and what we can learn from the discovery of so-called genes for human behaviour. In a powerful conclusion, Levy argues that while our moral motives are products of evolution, so are our immoral ones. We are only truly human when we rise above our ‘selfish genes’.
Neil Levy is a Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He is an expert on ethics and political philosophy and has lectured and published widely in this area. His current research takes him into the areas of bioethics, moral responsibility, and the ethics of new technologies. He is the author of Sartre (Oneworld, 2001) and Moral Relativism: A Short Introduction (Oneworld 2002).