|aBiology and the foundation of ethics /|cedited by Jane Maienschein, Michael Ruse.
|aCambridge, UK ;|aNew York :|bCambridge University Press,|c1999.
|aviii, 336 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aCambridge studies in philosophy and biology.
|aIncludes bibliographical references.
|tAristotle on the biological roots of virtue : the natural history of natural virtue /|rJames G. Lennox --|tThe moral status of animals in eighteenth-century British philosophy /|rMichael Bradie --|tFrom natural law to evolutionary ethics in enlightenment French natural history /|rPhillip R. Sloan --|tFrench evolutionary ethics during the third republic : Jean de Lanessan /|rPaul Lawrence Farber --|tThe state and nature of unity and freedom : German romantic biology and ethics /|rMyles W. Jackson --|tDarwin's romantic biology : the foundation of his evolutionary ethics /|rRobert J. Richards --|tNietzsche and Darwin /|rJean Gayon --|tEvolutionary ethics in the twentieth century : Julian Sorell Huxley and George Gaylord Simpson /|rMichael Ruse --|tThe laws of inheritance and the rules of morality : early geneticists on evolution and ethics /|rMarga Vicedo --|tScientific responsibility and political context : the case of genetics under the swastika /|rDiane B. Paul and Raphael Falk --|tThe case against evolutionary ethics today /|rPeter G. Woolcock --|tBiology and value theory /|rRobert J. McShea and Daniel W. McShea.
|a"Much attention has been devoted in recent years to the question of whether our moral principles can be related to our biological nature. This collection of new essays focuses on the connections between biology, in particular evolutionary biology, and foundational questions in ethics. The book asks, for example, whether humans are innately selfish and whether there are particular facets of human nature that bear directly on social practices." "The volume is organized historically, beginning with Aristotle and covering such major figures as Hume and Darwin down to the present and the work of Harvard sociobiologist E.O. Wilson. It is one of the first efforts to provide historical perspective on the relationships between biology and ethics, and it has been written by some of the leading figures in the history and philosophy of science, authors whose work is very much at the cutting edge of these disciplines."--Jacket.