The Limits of Evolutionary Explanations of Morality and Their Implications for Moral Progress*

@article{Buchanan2015TheLO,
  title={The Limits of Evolutionary Explanations of Morality and Their Implications for Moral Progress*},
  author={Allen E. Buchanan and Russell Powell},
  journal={Ethics},
  year={2015},
  volume={126},
  pages={37 - 67}
}
Traditional conservative arguments against the possibility of moral progress relied on underevidenced assumptions about the limitations of human nature. Contemporary thinkers have attempted to fill this empirical gap in the conservative argument by appealing to evolutionary science. Such “evoconservative” arguments fail because they overstate the explanatory reach of evolutionary theory. We maintain that no adequate evolutionary explanation has been given for important features of human… Expand
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