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Do We Have an Inborn Moral Sense?

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This paper reviews some recent work in the relationship between caring behavior among humans, an evolutionary adaptation necessary for survival of the species, and our moral sense of right and wrong. The investigation presents some of our current understandings; the question is part of ongoing work in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Does caring behavior necessarily imply a moral sensibility?

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Walker, M. (2014) Do We Have an Inborn Moral Sense?. Open Journal of Philosophy, 4, 605-612. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.44062.

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