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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World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well. It’s that concept of fairness coming into play again at a much more complex level.
Good Natured — Frans B. M. de Waal | Harvard University Press
My library Help Advanced Book Search. It works much like what humans call “fairness. A good friend of mine, a scary-smart sciency type who worked at the Yerkes Primate Research Center, sent me this book because she knew — before I did — that I don’t actually believe in evolutionary theory when it comes to explaining human behavior.
To ask other readers questions about Good Naturedplease sign up. Explore further, but drop your anchor in Frans de Waal, that’s my philosophy. Oct 14, Cassy Flint rated it really liked it Shelves: From outside her range of vision, another monkey came running, scrambled up the tree and flew into the pond, splashing the mother and her baby. So now I think most people are basically good but a small mi Compelling and well-written examination of the origins of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species.
A convincing book, old but still relevant. Making his case through vivid anecdotes drawn from his work with apes and monkeys and holstered by the intriguing, voluminous data from his and others’ ongoing research, de Waal shows us that many of the building blocks of morality are natural: World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees—the nastier side of animal life— Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.
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Might there he a code of ethics in the animal kingdom? He is more or less ideally placed to answer that question, after years of perceptive research on captive chimpanzees, bonobos and monkeys… As de Waal fans will already know, chimpanzees and other primates come alive as individuals under his expert gaze… Sympathy, attachment, social norms, punishment, a sense of justice, reciprocation, peacemaking and community concern—all are writ large in chimpanzee society.
Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
The more we communicate across groups and cultures, the more we feel part of one large group, and the more our innate moral faculties seem to apply to everyone. In short time, many had attributed all animal behaviors including humaneven those that were seemingly altruistic, to strategies to maximize reproduction.
Is there hope for a better human world in the models of more primitive ones? Morality is an aberration, a thin veneer over our grasping animal urges. De Waal takes neither the position that non-human animals lack any sense of morality nor that they possess the abstract moral reasoning of which some humans are capable.
That this is already dw largely at a theoretical level—is evident from recent books by, among others, Richard D. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on To observe a dog’s guilty look.
Good Natured – Wikipedia
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 nwtured his theories. As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human—and humane.
De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and qaal that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals. Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics.
Social Psychology Share This. Harvard University Press- Philosophy – pages. Do animals show behavior that parallels the benevolence as well as the rules and regulations of human moral conduct? I’m much more Marxist — you’re a bastard because of the unequal distribution of goods and your privileged position in the class struggle.
There is a secular version of this view as well, which holds that humans are beasts at heart whose basest instincts are held in check by a mere veneer of civilization. Bloodyspud rated it really liked it Sep 27, It presents a lucid, straightforward account of how our moral faculties may have evolved from our pre-human ancestors.
A look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality.
Helping relatives, as are found in extended families and tribes, also has clear reproductive value on a genetic level. This is why dogs care about pleasing their people naturred cats don’t. Fascinating look at various animals’ survival mechanisms, primarily focusing on group dynamics. Irresistible is her first novel. Good Natured makes the point with the help of a profusion of gripping examples. I gpod this to be a grim, depressing view of what it means to be human, one that has us constantly at war with our inner selves.