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What Makes Us Moral?

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).

"If you are looking for a good introduction to current questions about evolution and ethics, this book will provide it."

– Philosophy in Review

A long article, discussing the book at great length and debating some of the issues raised, appeared in Springer in 2006

– Springer

"This is an interesting book on a timely topic- well-written and representing much careful research."

– Michael Ruse - Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University, Tallahassee

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