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Hardcover | $60.00 Short | £41.95 | ISBN: 9780262195614 | 608 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 7 illus.| October 2007
Paperback | $34.00 Short | £23.95 | ISBN: 9780262693547 | 608 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 7 illus.| October 2007

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Moral Psychology, Volume 1

The Evolution of Morality: Adaptations and Innateness


For much of the twentieth century, philosophy and science went their separate ways. In moral philosophy, fear of the so-called naturalistic fallacy kept moral philosophers from incorporating developments in biology and psychology. Since the 1990s, however, many philosophers have drawn on recent advances in cognitive psychology, brain science, and evolutionary psychology to inform their work. This collaborative trend is especially strong in moral philosophy, and these three volumes bring together some of the most innovative work by both philosophers and psychologists in this emerging interdisciplinary field.

Contributors to Volume 1:
William Casebeer (Air Force Academy), Leda Cosmides (University of California, Santa Barbara), Oliver Curry (London School of Economics), Michael Dietrich (Dartmouth College), Catherine Driscoll (North Carolina State University), Susan Dwyer (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Owen Flanagan (Duke University), Gilbert Harman (Princeton University), Richard Joyce (Australian National University Research School of Social Science), Debra Lieberman (University of Hawaii), Ron Mallon (University of Utah), John Mikhail (Georgetown Law School), Geoffrey Miller (University of New Mexico), Jesse Prinz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Peter Railton (University of Michigan), Michael Ruse (Florida State University) Hagop Sarkissian (Duke University), Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Dartmouth College), Chandra Sekhar Sripada (University of Michigan) Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota), John Tooby (University of California, Santa Barbara), Peter Tse (Dartmouth College) Kathleen Wallace (Hofstra University), Arthur Wolf (Stanford University), David Wong (Duke University).

About the Editor

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University and the editor of the previous volumes of Moral Psychology, all published by the MIT Press.


"Moral Psychology is a remarkable publishing achievement. Sinnott-Armstronghas a real talent for drawing together the cutting-edge researchers in thefield, and letting them present their positions and challenge each other.These three substantial volumes cover many of the newer and more excitingissues being raised in ethics and moral psychology today. Essential readingfor anyone who wants to know where the field is heading."
Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics in the UniversityCenter for Human Values, Princeton University

"In the last decade moral psychology has been transformed into one of themost interesting and important areas of interdisciplinary research—afield where philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologistsand economists interact productively. Recent theories and findings havegenerated a genuine and justified sense of intellectual excitement. If youwant to see what all the excitement is about, this book is a great place tostart."
Stephen Stich, Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and CognitiveScience, Rutgers University

"Moral Psychology represents a powerful and penetrating discussion of the emerging science of moral behavior. Each volume cross-examines important arguments which lead to fascinating dialogues on this compelling subject. With these volumes, Sinnot-Armstrong is revealed as a leading mind in this field."
Michael S. Gazzaniga, Director, Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara