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Published: 10 January 2008

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780199283019

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The Emotional Construction of Morals

Jesse Prinz

Jesse Prinz presents a bravura argument for highly controversial claims about morality, which go to the heart of our understanding of ourselves. He argues that moral values are based on emotional responses, and that these emotional responses are inculcated by culture, not hard-wired through natural selection. These two claims support a form of moral relativism: the truth of a moral judgment depends on who is making it. But Prinz argues that some values may be better than others, even if competing moral values are equally true. In support of his arguments, Prinz gives the reader a fascinating critical survey of work in neuroscience, psychology, cultural history, and anthropology. The Emotional Construction of Morals will stimulate and challenge anyone who is curious about the nature and origin of moral values.