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
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.
Where did our moral beliefs come from? Hinde draws on psychology,
philosophy, evolutionary biology and social anthropology to explore
the historical origins of our moral codes.
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).