The Moral Animal

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The Moral Animal
Paperback cover
Author Robert Wright
Country United States
Language English
Subject Social evolution, Evolutionary Psychology, Morality, Ethics
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date
Media type Hardcover, Paperback
Pages 466 pages (paperback)
ISBN 0-679-76399-6 (1st edition, hardcover)
OCLC 33496013

The Moral Animal is a 1994 book by Robert Wright. The New York Times Book Review chose it as one of the 12 best books of 1994; it was a national bestseller and has been published in 12 languages.

The book explores many facets of our everyday life through the lens of evolutionary biology. Wright provides Darwinian explanations for human behavior and psychology, our social dynamics and structures, as well as our relationships with lovers, friends, and family.

The book borrows extensively from Charles Darwin's better-known publications, including Origin of Species, but also from his chronicles and personal writings, illustrating behavioral principles with Darwin's own biographical examples.

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  • Robert Wright (1995-08-29). The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology. Vintage. ISBN 978-0-679-76399-4. 

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