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- DescriptionIn this ground-breaking book, a rewned bioethicist argues that the political left must radically revise its outdated view of human nature. He shows how the insights of modern evolutionary theory, particularly on the evolution of cooperation, can help the left attain its social and political goals. Singer explains why the left originally rejected Darwinian thought and why these reasons are longer viable. He discusses how twentieth-century thinking has transformed our understanding of Darwinian evolution, showing that it is compatible with cooperation as well as competition, and that the left can draw on this modern understanding to foster cooperation for socially desirable ends. A Darwinian left, says Singer, would still be on the side of the weak, poor, and oppressed, but it would have a better understanding of what social and ecomic changes would really work to benefit them. It would also work toward a higher moral status for nhuman animals and a less anthropocentric view of our dominance over nature.
- Author Biography<b>Peter Singer</b> is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, including <i>Should the Baby Live? The Problem of Handicapped Infants </i>and<i> Individuals, Humans and Persons: Questions of Life and Death, </i>both coauthored with Helga Kuhse.
- Author(s)Peter Singer
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2000
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Weight181 g
- Width121 mm
- Height184 mm
- Spine13 mm
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