The moral animal: virtue, vice, and human nature

  title={The moral animal: virtue, vice, and human nature},
  author={Steve Paulson and Heather A. Berlin and Christian Miller and Michael Shermer},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
In Leo Tolstoy's famous novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, a rich and meaningful inner life is sacrificed in pursuit of material rewards and social status. How can we cultivate something intrinsic that transcends our worldly accomplishments? Assuming that a basic model or map of human nature is needed to navigate the road to the good life, what desires, tendencies, and aversions constitute our core nature? How has our evolutionary history shaped our moral impulses? Are we inherently good or… 


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