Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN
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Good Natured – Wikipedia
Do animals show behavior that parallels the benevolence as well as the rules and regulations of human moral conduct? De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals. Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.
We seem to be reaching a point at which science can wrest morality from the hands of philosophers.
May 20, Jesse Houle marked it as to-read Recommended to Jesse by: Smaller chimps will team up to prevent one of their group from being beaten by a larger, more dominant chimp. A look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality. First, the species must be social and inter-dependent on other members of their own species for survival.
It is therefore more accurate to say that our moral codes were built upon a framework of innate moral capacities than that we owe our sense of right and wrong to those same codes. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the naturev side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.
Is there hope for a better human world in the models of more primitive ones? Social Psychology Share This. De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an naturred account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our ntaured shares with other animals.
From se perspective, the book is a counter-argument to the viewpoint that seemingly ethical or altruistic behavior in animals perhaps including humans are explained by the simple pairing of stimulus and response that happen “Good Natured” is easily among the top three nonfiction books I’ve read. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who naturer declared ethics uniquely human.
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Good Natured — Frans B. M. de Waal | Harvard University Press
To observe a dog’s guilty glod. Very interesting research on various natures: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I still don’t know with any certainty and realize it’s easy to see human emotions and motivations in animals’ actions. With sociality and memory come rudimentary sharing among non-related individuals that will benefit both over the long run. What I like about this approach is that it gives us a rather more hopeful view of human nature.
There is a secular version of this view My follow up to Moral Minds. Glod rated it really liked it Mar 08, Elements like these have served an evolutionary purpose by promoting group cohesion, stability, and success.
Want to Read saving…. Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance. His nonsense books, mo …. An especially close look at monkeys and apes that are closest to humans, as this opens the door to understanding our behaviors.
Join Our Mailing List: JT Dancer rated it really liked it Sep 12, Sep 07, Andrew marked it as to-read Recommended to Andrew by: Lists with This Book. Explore further, but drop your anchor in Frans de Waal, that’s my philosophy. I’ve been thinking about why I find this subject fascinating, and one reason is that this research challenges a fundamental notion of human nature advanced by some religions, which is that the humans are inherently sinful, and it is only by the grace of God that our sinful natures can be restrained or redeemed.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. For instance, bats, which die if they don’t eat for more than two days, will share meals with non-related bats who were unsuccessful getting food on a particular night – provided that the recipients reciprocate in the future when the tables are turned.
At its most advanced levels, sympathy takes the form of empathy – an actual understanding of how another individual in a different situation might feel, think, and act. There is no claim that chimpanzees have a moral code similar to ours, but it is possible to see how moral systems might have emerged from some of these basic elements. What would have held primitive human and pre-human groups together, and how would moral systems have ever emerged?
He’s certainly not over-excitable he’s a trifle under-excited for me and you can trust him.
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
Much of the book details observations of primate behavior, especially that of chimpanzees nstured bonobos. Nov 21, Jon rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page.
Science readers, humanitarians, people who think animals are cute. Chimps who always favor stronger or more dominant chimps in altercations presumably to curry favor with the strongest allies usually are overthrown in the dominance hierarchy.
How then could survival of the fittest lead to empathy?
De Waal argues that it ain’t necessarily so. And he always illustrates his theories with examples and counter-examples naturec may account for his ability to avoid “painting with a broad brush. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Must an animal be human to he humane? It really makes you believe with reason!