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Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories

Webb Keane


The human propensity to take an ethical stance toward oneself and others is found in every known society, yet we also know that values taken for granted in one society can contradict those in another. Does ethical life arise from human nature itself? Is it a universal human trait? Or is it a product of one's cultural and historical context? This book offers a new approach to the empirical study of ethical life that reconciles these questions, showing how ethics arise at the intersection of human biology and social dynamics. Drawing on the latest findings in psychology, conversational interacti ... More

Keywords: ethical life, ethics, human biology, social dynamics, Buddhist monk, mind, British abolitionism, American feminism, morals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691167732
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Webb Keane, author
University of Michigan