Why Good is Good
The Sources of Morality
By Robert Hinde
Routledge – 2002 – 256 pages
Where do our moral beliefs come from? Theologians and scientists provide often conflicting answers. Robert Hinde resolves these conflicts to offer a groundbreaking, multidisciplinary response, drawing on psychology, philosophy, evolutionary biology and social anthropology.
Hinde argues that understanding the origins of our morality can clarify the debates surrounding contemporary ethical dilemmas such as genetic modification, increasing consumerism and globalisation. Well-chosen examples and helpful summaries make this an accessible volume for students, professionals and others interested in contemporary and historical ethics.
'Hinde combines simplicity of exposition with the rigour of discursive analysis on questions of current importance in the field of ethics … the reading of this book will be as seductive as it is illuminating.'
Robert A. Hinde CBE is Professor of Biological Science at St. John's College, Cambridge. He has written widely on topics as diverse as religion and science, zoology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and ornithology. His most recent book is Why Gods Persist (Routledge, 1999).