Tuschman “seeks to locate the sources of morality in imperatives of primate survival” but it ends up sounding “like a just-so-story.” ©Federico Gambarini/DPA/Corbis
Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us By Avi Tuschman (Prometheus Books, £15.40)
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them By Joshua Greene (Atlantic, £15.99)
Utilitarianism is, by common consent, the harshest and dreariest of philosophical systems, and its inventor, Jeremy Bentham, one of the biggest buffoons of all time. He seems to have imagined…
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