The Natures of Universal Moralities
Bailey H. Kuklin
Brooklyn Law School
June 8, 2009
Brooklyn Law Review, Forthcoming
Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 153
One of the abiding lessons from postmodernism is that reason does not go all the way down. That is, one cannot deductively derive a universal morality from incontestible moral primitives, or practical reason alone. Instead, even reasoned moral systems must ultimately be grounded on intuition, a sense of justice. The question then arises, whence come moral intuitions? Evolutionary biology offers answers. In this article, I examine the main ones. Since the products of evolutionary principles are contingent on chance and the environment in which the evolution occurs, I speculate on the range of moral intuitions consistent with these principles.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: morality, ethics, sense of justice, moral intuition, evolutionary biology, evolution psychologyAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 11, 2009
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