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Bioevolutionary Ethics: A New Paradigm for Public Policy Making

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Donald W. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:01:33Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:01:33Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-30 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-30 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3474
dc.description.abstract "The thesis I propose here is simple. Morality and ethics should serve as the basis for public policy; and biological processes lead to the formation of what E. O. Wilson calls our 'moral sensibilities.' In other words, our notion of right and wrong naturally proceed from our biological evolution. Anything with which a consequence is associated also has an ethical component. This is most easily seen in three superordinate reference points that guide human behavior: (1) concern for individual survival; (2) concern for the survival of the entire culture; and (3) abstract or transcendent concerns that enhance the quality of life. We now understand that our individual survival, the survival of the culture as a whole, and our transcendent concerns are all inextricably bound to the survival of our planet from which we evolved or, more completely, the universe from which we evolved." en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.subject environmental ethics en_US
dc.subject social behavior en_US
dc.title Bioevolutionary Ethics: A New Paradigm for Public Policy Making en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth May en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US


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