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 has ratings and 25 reviews. Bryn said: If Explore further, but drop your anchor in Frans de Waal, that’s my philosophy. And if you’re like me.

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Chimpanzees remember which members of their group have shared food with them in the past and which have not and reward and punish those individuals, respectively, in the future. I still don’t know with any certainty and realize it’s easy to see human emotions and motivations in animals’ actions.

Oct 18, Kate marked it as to-read. Must an animal be human to he humane?

Good Natured – F. B. M. de Waal, Frans de Waal – Google Books

There’s something deeply humane about the way De Waal writes and thinks about animals. And just what defines non-human animal societies?

On some biological origins of morality.

This general view also explains far better why the overall ee of human development has been towards a gradual reduction of everyday brutality and the emergence of international standards of conduct. Take away our modern moral codes and laws and the beast quickly emerges. There are also dysfunctional societies where what we think of as civilized legal systems have broken down, leaving anarchy. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Naturwd to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals

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Can we recognize a sense of morality in creatures other than ourselves? And as alliances can turn the table on a strong chimp, alliances can also turn the tables on an otherwise dominant chimp. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. First, the species must be social and inter-dependent on other members of their own species for survival.

Solitary animals do not exhibit any behavior that approximates morality. How did ntaured ancestors get from basic instincts to care for their offspring to an actual understanding of how others of their species might experience a different situation? 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.

Jan 10, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some years ago, my cousin and I watched snow monkeys at an outdoor enclosure at the Minneapolis Zoo.

Do animals show behavior that parallels the benevolence as well as the rules and regulations of human moral conduct? De Waal’s is a primatologist who has spent thousands of hours observing apes chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gorillas, humans and monkeys many varieties and his writing is replete with examples from his own observations that bolster his theories. With this paradigm shift, biologists were able to explain a wide wxal of seemingly altruistic or self-sacrificing behaviors – for instance why so many animals will increase their offspring’s chances of survival by sacrificing their own.

I’m much more Marxist — you’re a bastard because of the unequal distribution of goods and your privileged position in the class struggle. No trivia or quizzes yet. I’m interested in reading somehting by this guy afte hearing the Radiolab episode on Morality and how a lot of it seems to be a product of our genetics. Oct 14, Cassy Flint rated it really liked it Shelves: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.


The occasional disagreements within this budding field are far outweighed by the shared belief that evolution needs to be part of any satisfactory explanation of morality. Might there he a code of ethics in the natuured kingdom? Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on those who have declared ethics uniquely human Making a compelling case for a morality grounded in biology, he shows how ethical behavior is as much a matter of evolution as any other trait, in humans and animals alike.

From another 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 to increase genetic fitness. What I like about this approach is that it gives us a rather more hopeful view of human nature.

Goof more we communicate across groups and cultures, the more we natufed part of one large group, and the more our innate moral faculties seem to apply to everyone.