Sociobiology and the Moral Status of Nonhuman Animals

  title={Sociobiology and the Moral Status of Nonhuman Animals},
  author={U. K.},
RD. Alexander (1987) has proposed that the ultimate grounds of ethics are evolutionary. Humans have the capacity for moral reasoning and negotiation, together with a system of appropriate emotions, such as shame and guilt when we do wrong, and a sense ofmoral wellbeing when we do right, because these abilities tended to increase our ancestors' inclusive fitness in the past. Fairly simple mathematical models can illustrate how this could work-one example is the Prisoner's Dilemma problem in… CONTINUE READING