This is an account of the relevance of Darwinism to ethics. It explains the development of Darwin's ideas and the essential evidence and arguments for the theory of evolution by natural selection, and how this can paradoxically foster altruistic rather than egoistic tendencies. The implications of this for conventional religion and ethics are fully set out, with the author arguing for a revised morality which does t centre on the idea that human beings are special. He proposes an outlook which includes concern for animals, but which ackwledges that in special circumstances the evidence of evolution justifies giving priority to one form of life over ather. This book should stimulate all those interested in evolution and morality to re-examine their views.
James Rachels is author of The End of Life (OUP, 1986)