Morality De-Kanted or the Biological Roots of Moral Behavior
Schroeder, D. J. (2000). Morality De-Kanted or the Biological Roots of Moral Behavior. International Journal of Value-Based Management, 13 (3): 297-308.
Abstract: The ethical and moral behavior of Homo sapiens
is no longer the exclusive domain of religion and philosophy because we
recognize that such behavior affects the reproductive success of
individuals within the species. We are a social species and therefore
our survival is influenced by our capacity for cooperation and our
willingness to take risks for kin. Emotions, some of which are found in
other species, help to mediate our altruistic behavior. The
reproductive benefits of helping kin, especially offspring, are readily
seen. Helping non-kin can be beneficial if individuals can
differentiate between ‘reciprocators’ and ‘non-reciprocators’ and
direct altruistic behavior toward reciprocators. Also, if third parties
are favorably impressed by observing altruistic behavior, the rewards
need not come from the recipient of the altruistic behavior.
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