Biology and the Foundations of Ethics by Jane Maienschein, Michael Ruse

By Jane Maienschein, Michael Ruse

There was a lot realization dedicated lately to the query of no matter if our ethical ideas might be regarding our organic nature. This selection of new essays specializes in the relationship among biology and foundational questions in ethics. The e-book asks such questions as no matter if people are innately egocentric, and even if there are certain elements of human nature that endure at once on social practices. this is often the 1st e-book to provide this historic standpoint at the relation of biology and ethics, and has been written through a few of the top figures within the historical past and philosophy of technology, whose paintings stands greatly on the innovative of those disciplines.

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On the other hand, the use of the l anguage of the natural traits of intelligence in 21 James G. Lennox HA VIII is never used to compare the intelligence of other animals directly to their human counterparts, but always to distinguish one sort of animal from another. And, for our purposes, it is especially important that this lan­ guage is scrupulously restricted to those capacities that NE VI links tightly together in their role as focu sed on achieving the good life and that it regu­ larly claims to be present in other animals as well as in humans.

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Hutcheson allowed that we "must con­ demn all unnecessary cruelty toward them as showing an inhuman temper" (Hutcheson 1 968, vol . 1 , p. 3 1 1 ) . His emphasis was on us; they suffer, but we are diminished in the process . Is the inflicting of u nnecessary cruelty on inferior creatures bad becau se of their suffering or because it makes u s in­ human? A s it turns out, it is a l ittle bit of both. "Could we subsist sufficiently happy without diminishing the ease or plea­ sure of inferior animals, it would be cruel and unjust to create to them any needless toil or suffering, or to diminish their happiness" (Hutcheson 1 968, vol .

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