David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Moral Education 20 (2):127-137 (1991)
One way of looking at moral maturity is as the outcome of growth, which has its roots in genetical sources--that is to say in an inherited propensity for social behaviour--and the existence within the brain of centres that have evolved to mediate such growth. A further, and related, factor in this evolution was the emergence of language, which both extended the range of perception and intensified the experiences of inter-personal life. In this paper, the evidence for an evolutionary approach to human morality is set out, and some conclusions drawn about how social/moral potentialities may best be nourished through brain development between birth and maturity, supplemented by the process of education
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