Ethics after Darwin: Completing the Revolution

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  • Rainer Ebert PhD. Centre de recherche en éthique, Montréal, Canada

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https://doi.org/10.3329/bioethics.v11i3.51221

Keywords:

evolution, speciesism, human dignity, moral status, moral equality

Abstract

This is a big-picture discussion of an important implication of Darwinism for ethics. I argue that there is a misfit between our scientific view of the natural world and the view, still dominant in academic philosophy and wider society alike, that there is a discrete hierarchy of moral status among conscious beings. I will suggest that the clear line of traditional morality – between human beings and other animals – is a remnant of an obsolete moral outlook, not least because it has no counterpart in empirical reality, and I will invite the reader to think, with me, about tenable alternatives.

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Rainer Ebert, PhD. Centre de recherche en éthique, Montréal, Canada

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Published

2020-11-08

How to Cite

Ebert, R. (2020). Ethics after Darwin: Completing the Revolution. Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics, 11(3), 43–48. https://doi.org/10.3329/bioethics.v11i3.51221

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