EVOLUTION AND ETHICS by Sir Arthur Keith

EVOLUTION AND ETHICS

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A series of interconnecting essays by a British anthropologist, which are concerned with man's evolution and morality, and in the light of present day history, refute many of the earlier concepts of Darwin, Huxley, etc. He believes that human nature has been developed by evolution; Germany's reversion to tribalism proves that evolution is not a basis for modern ethics. Here is an inquiry into many ethical issues; the ultimates of existence; the questions of virtue and vice, of national independence versus personal liberty; the domestication of man; the ideal of world brotherhood and the failure of Christianity; the interrelationships of war and race and civilization -- and of course evolution, with the conclusion that modern civilization is at war with natural evolution, that man's inborn fierce nature has been developed by competitive evolution. For a learned, socio-anthropological audience.

Pub Date: April 11th, 1947
Publisher: Putnam