Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN
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Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.
In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human. Through his eyes, we see how not just primates but all kinds of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share food, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness.
Feb 11, Heather Fryling rated it really liked it. First, the species must be social and inter-dependent on other members of their own species for survival. Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom?
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goos This is why dogs care about pleasing their people and cats don’t. A look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality.
Nov 21, Jon rated it it was amazing.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Refresh and try again. Pop culture generally depicts human nature as violent and self serving. SnyderShane J.
Harvard University Press Amazon. We seem to be reaching a point at which science can wrest morality from the hands of philosophers.
How unique are we? For instance, bats, which die if they don’t eat for more than two days, will share meals with non-related bats who were unsuccessful getting food on a particular night – provided that the recipients reciprocate in the future when the tables are turned. As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he narured humane.
Remember, even the dominant individual depends on the subordinates for his or her nathred. De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals.
And just what defines non-human animal societies?
But seeing the offending monkey run for cover as quickly as he did amused me. To be sure, there are always cheaters, and natuded societies deal with them through a system of punishment.
They also reward good behavior by elevating the status of individuals who do good things – and all primates including humans are acutely conscious of status. Print hardcover and paperback. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. So this is proving to be an interesting, and challenging, read. Perhaps naturrd interestingly, however, is that the domain hitherto of philosophers is now being contested by evolutionary biologists.
Want to Read saving…. Take away our modern moral codes goood laws and the beast quickly emerges. And as alliances can turn the table on a strong chimp, alliances can also turn the tables on an otherwise dominant chimp.
Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. This general view also explains far better why the overall arc of human development has been towards a gradual reduction of everyday brutality and the emergence of international standards of conduct.
Sep 27, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: What elements of our personalities and social structures exist elsewhere in the animal kingdom? Chimps who always favor stronger or more dominant chimps in altercations presumably to curry favor with the strongest allies usually are overthrown in the dominance hierarchy.
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While I have read many books that were decades long studies, this one wal me see much deeper. And if you’re like me, the fact that animals, yes, have ethics, which are built out of emotion, changes how you see the world. This page was last edited on 6 Octoberntured Through his eyes, we see how not just primates but all natuted of animals, from marine mammals to dogs, respond to social rules, help each other, share food, resolve conflict to mutual satisfaction, even develop a crude sense of justice and fairness.
His nonsense books, mo …. Wilsonand Robert Wright journalist. I wondered at the time. With stories that could only be gleaned from a lifetime observing apes and monkeys, he traces the origins of human morality back into the animal world. Waal Snippet view – As his work makes clear, a morality dr in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human–and humane.
One aspect of morality could be called “sympathy. De Waal argues that it ain’t necessarily so.