Adaptation, Exaptation, By-Products and Spandrels in Evolutionary Explanations of Morality

Biological Theory 5 (3):223-227 (2010)
Adaptationist accounts of morality attempt to explain the evolution of morality in terms of the selective advantage that judging in moral terms secured for our ancestors (e.g. Ruse 1998; Joyce 2006; Street 2006). So-called by-product explanations of morality have been presented as an alternative to adaptationist accounts (e.g. Prinz 2009; Ayala 2010; cf. Darwin 2004/1871). In assessing the relationship between adaptationist and by-product accounts, care must be taken to distinguish several related but importantly different notions: innateness, adaptation, exaptation, spandrel, and by-product.
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DOI 10.1162/BIOT_a_00052
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R. Joyce (2000). Darwinian Ethics and Error. Biology and Philosophy 15 (5):713-732.
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