Is Morality Hard-Wired Into Our Brains?

Source: The New York Times

By Olivia Goldhill

CONSCIENCE – The Origins of Moral Intuition By Patricia S. Churchland

 In “Conscience,” Patricia Churchland recounts a conversation with Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, in which he laments moral philosophers’ focus on reason. “Surely,” he said, “philosophers must know about biological evolution.” Philosophers might well respond that they’re interested in reason’s capacity to show us how we should behave, rather than how we do behave, but this perspective is given little credence in Churchland’s strikingly unphilosophical philosophy book.

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