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Publisher Comments:

In this ground-breaking book, a renowned bioethicist argues that the political left must radically revise its outdated view of human nature. He shows how the insights of modern evolutionary theory, particularly on the evolution of cooperation, can help the left attain its social and political goals.

Singer explains why the left originally rejected Darwinian thought and why these reasons are no longer viable. He discusses how twentieth-century thinking has transformed our understanding of Darwinian evolution, showing that it is compatible with cooperation as well as competition, and that the left can draw on this modern understanding to foster cooperation for socially desirable ends. A Darwinian left, says Singer, would still be on the side of the weak, poor, and oppressed, but it would have a better understanding of what social and economic changes would really work to benefit them. It would also work toward a higher moral status for nonhuman animals and a less anthropocentric view of our dominance over nature.

Review:

"Singer challenges the conventional wisdom that a recognition of human nature is incompatible with progressive ideals. This book is deep, original, and beautifully researched and argued." Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works

Review:

"Any intrusion of ideology into science is an invitation to wishful thinking. In his powerfully argued A Darwinian Left, Peter Singer takes the opposite tack: How can science make ideology realistic rather than a pipe dream?" Leigh Van Valen, Scientific American

Book News Annotation:

Princeton biologist Singer argues that the political left must radically revise its outdated view of human nature. In explaining why the left originally rejected Darwinian thought and why these reasons are no longer viable, he shows how Darwinian evolution is compatible with cooperation as well as competition, and how the theory can be used to foster cooperation for socially desirable ends through an understanding of what social and economic changes would likely benefit the weak. In addition, he claims that the ideas can also work toward a higher moral status for nonhuman animals and a less anthropocentric view of our dominance over nature.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A renowned bioethicist argues that the political left must radically revise its outdated view of human nature and shows how the insights of modern evolutionary theory can help the left attain its social and political goals.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 64-70) and index.

About the Author

PETER SINGER is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, including Should the Baby Live? The Problem of Handicapped Infants and Individuals, Humans and Persons: Questions of Life and Death, both coauthored with Helga Kuhse.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300083231
Author:
Singer, Peter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven Conn.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Socialism
Subject:
Right and left (political science)
Subject:
Social Darwinism
Subject:
Right and left
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
General science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Darwinism Today series
Series Volume:
al-juz® 9
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 0.4 lb

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Product details 80 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300083231 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Singer challenges the conventional wisdom that a recognition of human nature is incompatible with progressive ideals. This book is deep, original, and beautifully researched and argued."
"Review" by , "Any intrusion of ideology into science is an invitation to wishful thinking. In his powerfully argued A Darwinian Left, Peter Singer takes the opposite tack: How can science make ideology realistic rather than a pipe dream?"
"Synopsis" by , A renowned bioethicist argues that the political left must radically revise its outdated view of human nature and shows how the insights of modern evolutionary theory can help the left attain its social and political goals.
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