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How innately selfish? An investigation into the nature of human and nonhuman species
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TitleHow innately selfish? An investigation into the nature of human and nonhuman species
AbstractThrough inquiry into how innately selfish organisms are as members of both, human and nonhuman species, this composition investigates the supposed nature of individuals as well as the differentiations between species. Is human sociality natural? What are the principles of our moral behavior and how are they determined? And, even if every individual was aware of the deep principles of our moral faculty, would our moral judgments be affected? Could the same be said for members of nonhuman species? By examining doctrines of morality, altruism, cooperation, and reciprocity, and allowing the discussion of various ideologies on the subject matter such as Darwinism, the Blank Slate, the Selfish Gene, and religion, prominently Judeo-Christian religion, an attempt will be put forth to answer such questions. Through inquisitive exploration into the works of Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Frans de Waal, and Marc Hauser, and analysis of anthropological studies, a conclusion was drawn entailing the supposition that non-human species are capable of maintaining what is known as a moral faculty. Additionally, this composition has explicated that the questions, which were to be investigated, are not able to construct an ultimate answer. Although research indicates that individuals, especially of the human species, have surpassed the primal basis of pure selfishness to behave altruistically, it is not possible to define certainly what the moral faculty of humans has evolved into as it is indeed contingent on the biological makeup, civilization, and environmental circumstances in which each specific individual is subject to.
CreatorAlexandra Leigh Ramsay
PublisherRoosevelt University
Date2013
TypeText
Formatpdf
LanguageEnglish
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CollectionUndergraduate Research Repository (Roosevelt University)
IdentifierRamsayA_fa13.pdf
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