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.

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Keywords: morality, ethics, sense of justice, moral intuition, evolutionary biology, evolution psychology

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Date posted: June 11, 2009  

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Kuklin, Bailey H., The Natures of Universal Moralities (June 8, 2009). Brooklyn Law Review, Forthcoming; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 153. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1416105

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Brooklyn, NY 11201
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