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Books on ethics


  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt (2012) Bb 2/13; Jc 3/13
  • What Money Can’t Buy: the moral limits of markets by Michael Sandel 5-12 pb 4-13 jcls 200p *
  • Moral Origins: The evolution of virtue, altruism, and shame by Christophr Boehm 2012;
  • Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior, 1999jcls *
  • How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life by Robert Skidelsky 2012? *
  • Braintrust: what neuroscience tells us about morality by Patricia Churchland 2011??
  • Moral Ground: Ethical action for a planet in peril, ed. Kathleen Dean Moore & Michael P. Nelson, 2010 - anthology
  • Sam Harris - The Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values (2010) Jc 5/12;bb 7/11
  • Justice by Michael Sandel 2009 Jc 12/2012
  • Bekoff, Marc, and Jessica Pierce, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals(2010? 200 pp) – cooperation, empathy, sense of justice: are advantageous evolutionary traits for some species besides humans.
  • The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness ,ed Dacher Keltner et al Pb 2010 –35 brief essays from 5 years’ publication of Greater Good magazine, including some major scholars in the field
  • Practical Wisdom: the right way to do the right thing by Barry Schwartz 2010 (rules kill discretion; his views)
  • Hauser, Marc, Moral Minds: How nature designed our universal sense of right and wrong (NY:Harperk, 2006).
  • Gintis, Herbert, Samuel Bowles, Robert Boyd, and Ernst Fehr, Moral Sentiments and Material Interests (2005) (cooperation, reciprocity)
  • Richard Carrier, Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism, 2005 Jc 8/2012
  • The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat,Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule, by Michael Shermer, 2004 Jc 10/2011
  • 6/09 Ethics: several articles Jc 6/2009
  • 9/08 On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt
  • Lakoff, Moral Politics
  • Moral Animal, by Robert Wright 1994
  • Chimpanzee politics by Franz de Waal(1975, re-issued 2000)