The Ethical Primate: Humans, Freedom, and Morality

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Part I - The Problem 1
  • 1 - Inner Divisions 3
  • 2 - Misguided Debates 13
  • Part II - The Reductive Enterprise 25
  • 3 - Guiding Visions 27
  • 4 - Hopes of Simplicity 43
  • 5 - Crusades, Legitimate and Otherwise 52
  • 6 - Convergent Explanations and Their Uses 63
  • 7 - Troubles of the Linear Pattern 71
  • 8 - Fatalism and Predictability 80
  • Part III - The Sources and Meaning of Morals 93
  • 9 - Agency and Ethics 95
  • 10 - Modern Myths 109
  • 11 - The Strength of Individualism 121
  • 12 - The Retreat from the Natural World 128
  • 13 - How Far Does Sociability Take Us? 136
  • 14 - The Uses of Sympathy 141
  • Part IV - What Kind of Freedom? 155
  • 15 - On Being Terrestrial 157
  • 16 - What Kind of Beings Are Free? 169
  • 17 - Minds Resist Streamlining 177
  • Notes 185
  • Index 192
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