The Moral Animal
Cover of the first edition
|Subject||Social evolution, Evolutionary psychology, Morality, Ethics|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|Pages||466 pages (paperback)|
|ISBN||0-679-76399-6 (1st edition, hardcover)|
Wright explores many aspects of everyday life through evolutionary biology. He provides Darwinian explanations for human behavior and psychology, social dynamics and structures, as well as people's relationships with lovers, friends, and family.
Wright borrows extensively from Charles Darwin's better-known publications, including On the Origin of Species (1859), but also from his chronicles and personal writings, illustrating behavioral principles with Darwin's own biographical examples.
The New York Times Book Review chose The Moral Animal as one of the 12 best books of 1994; it was a national bestseller and has been published in 12 languages. Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould criticized the book in The New York Review of Books. Anthropologist Melvin Konner called the book "delightful".
- Evolutionary ethics
- Evolutionary psychology
- John Stuart Mill
- Kin selection
- Reciprocal altruism
- Richard Dawkins
- Steven Pinker
- The Naked Ape
- Morris, Richard. The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul. W. H. Freeman and Company, 2001, p. 244.
- Konner, Melvin. The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit. Times Books, 2002, p. 498.
- 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.
- Stevin Pinker's New York Times Book Review article on The Moral Animal.
- Booknotes interview with Wright on Moral Animal, January 8, 1995.
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