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The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates

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For many years, de Waal has observed chimpanzees soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos share their food. Now he delivers fascinating fresh evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cements the case for the biological origins of human fairness. Interweaving vivid tales from the animal kingdom with thoughtful philosophical analysis, de Waal seeks a bottom-up explanation of morality that emphasizes our connection with animals. In doing so, de Waal explores for the first time the implications of his work for our understanding of modern religion. Whatever the role of religious moral imperatives, he sees it as a "Johnny-come-lately" role that emerged only as an addition to our natural instincts for cooperation and empathy.

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In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution.

About the Author

Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist who has been named among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People. The author of Our Inner Ape among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center. De Waal lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393347791
Author:
De Waal, Frans
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Waal, Frans De
Author:
de Waal, Frans
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biology-Primatology
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
20.96 x 13.97 mm

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"Synopsis" by , In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution.
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