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Evolution and impartiality

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Lazari-Radek and Singer argue that evolutionary considerations can resolve Sidgwick’s dualism of practical reason, because such considerations debunk moral views that give weight to self-interested or partial considerations, but cannot threaten the principle Universal Benevolence. I argue that even if we grant these claims, this appeal to evolution is ultimately self-defeating. Lazari-Radek and Singer face a dilemma. Either their evolutionary argument against partial morality succeeds, but th...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1086/673433

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Funding agency for:
Guy Kahane
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Ethics Journal website
Volume:
124
Issue:
2
Pages:
327-341
Publication date:
2014-01-05
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EISSN:
1539-297X
ISSN:
0014-1704
URN:
uuid:18eb1fb7-28df-4ee8-af1a-61e278793fca
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ora:10071

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