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The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule

Michael Shermer (author) and Lisa Fyfe (covers)
Original language:
Times Books
Psychology and science
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Table of Contents:
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  • Prologue: One Long Argument

I. The Origins of Morality

  • 1. Transcendent Morality: How Evolution Ennobles Ethics
  • 2. Why We Are Moral: The Evolutionary Origins of Morality
  • 3. Why We Are Immoral: War, Violence, and the Ignoble Savage Within
  • 4. Master of My Fate: Making Moral Choices in a Determined Universe

II. A Science of Provisional Ethics

  • 5. Can We Be Good Without God?: Science, Religion, and Morality
  • 6. How We Are Moral: Absolute, Relative, and Provisional Ethics
  • 7. How We Are Immoral: Right and Wrong and How to Tell the Difference
  • 8. Rise Above: Tolerance, Freedom, and the Prospects for Humanity
  • Appendix I: The Devil Under Form of Baboon: The Evolution of Evolutionary Ethics
  • Appendix II: Moral and Religious Universals as a Subset of Human Universals
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Illustration Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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