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The Evolution of Moral Progress: A Biocultural Theory

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2019.03.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell, The Evolution of Moral Progress: A Biocultural Theory, Oxford University Press, 2018, 422pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190868413. Reviewed by Allan Gibbard, University of Michigan (Emeritus) This is a marvelous book. General progress over recent centuries has been vast -- that seems undeniable, even if there always remain horrendous dangers. Steven Pinker's 2018 book Enlightenment Now is one book that delineates the progress we have made from the Enlightenment of the late 17th century on; much of what he says we should all have broadly realized since mid-childhood, though not of course with the thoroughness and evidence that Pinker adduces. The vast proportion of people who were desperately poor has been vastly reduced, and even the 20th century horrors of war and genocide brought fewer deaths per capita to the world than there were in previous centuries. All this constitutes improvement... Read More

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