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Grayling’s Question: Ethics and Darwin

By Will Irwin  

Morals from monkeys?

Morals from monkeys?

Each month in the magazine, philosopher AC Grayling answers a question sent in by a Prospect reader. This month Richard Wilkins, of Watford, asks: “Can ethics be derived from evolution by natural selection?”

Given that human beings have evolved by natural selection (with genetic drift and some other factors perhaps assisting), and are ethical creatures, it follows ab esse ad posse that ethics can be derived from evolution by natural selection.

That, though, might not be to answer the purport of the question, which asks:…

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