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The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are

Robert Wright

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Prose: non-fiction, Sociology & anthropology

* A lucid and provocative study of the ground-breaking new science of evolutionary psychology.

THE MORAL ANIMAL examines the significance of this extraordinary shift in our perception of morality and what it means to be human.

Taking the life of Charles Darwin as his context, Robert Wright brilliantly demonstrates how Darwin's ideas have stood the test of time, drawing startling conclusions about the structure of some of our most basic preoccupations. Why do we commit adultery, express suicidal tendencies and have the capacity for self-deception Wright not only provides the answers to such fundamental moral questions from the perspective of evolutionary psychology but challenges us to see ourselves anew through the clarifying lens of this fledgling and exciting science.

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Praise for The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are

  • 'THE MORAL ANIMAL overturns old ways of thinking.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

  • 'This is not a book of breathless reportage from some frontier of science; it is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, spine-tingling, mind-boggling, wish-I-had-thought-of-that sort of science book.' TLS

  • 'A damn good book.' THE TIMES

  • 'Anyone who finds the human race a bit of a puzzle will find much stimulation in this book.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

  • 'A fascinating account of the way in which Darwinism rules almost every aspect of our lives.' J.G Ballard, SUNDAY TIMES

  • 'This is sociobiology as you've rarely seen it-slowly matured, yet with all its abrasiveness intact.' NEW SCIENTIST

  • 'Robert Wright's new book not only continues the tradition of outstanding popular science writing about Darwinism, but carries it to a new high. It is by far the best and most complete single account of evolutionary psychology presently available.' THE TIMES H.E.S

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Robert Wright

Robert Wright has written extensively for ATLANTIC MONTHLY, NEW YORKER and TIME magazine and currently works as a senior editor at THE NEW REPUBLIC. His latest book, NON-ZERO, is also published by Abacus. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and family.