Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN

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Do animals show behavior that parallels the benevolence as well as the rules and regulations of human moral conduct? Humans are, in fact, naturally “good” in the sense that we have all the basic elements to be moral citizens – such as the ability to empathize with others, the need and desire for close social bonds with friends and matesan acute sense of fairness, a willingness to share and help others with no conscious awareness of promoting the general good, the ability to feel shame in the face of the group’s disapproval.

It really makes you believe with reason! Elements like these have served an evolutionary purpose by promoting group cohesion, stability, and success. With this paradigm shift, biologists were able to explain a wide variety of seemingly altruistic or self-sacrificing behaviors – for instance why so many animals will increase their offspring’s chances of survival by sacrificing their own. Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.

Brilliant masterpiece on the origins of morality. A brilliant look into the alternatives to Social Darwinism. John Snook rated it liked it Sep 13, Account Options Sign in. So now I think most people are basically good but a small mi Compelling and well-written examination of the origins of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species.

Good Natured — Frans B. M. de Waal | Harvard University Press

Must an animal be human to he humane? But seeing the offending monkey run for cover as quickly as he did amused me. Wilsonand Robert Wright journalist. Waal Snippet view – Shweder, The Los Angeles Times. To observe a dog’s guilty look.


The more we communicate across groups and cultures, the more we feel part of one large group, and the more our innate moral faculties seem to apply to everyone. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees—the nastier side of animal life— Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.

A convincing book, old but still relevant. By using bood site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The occasional disagreements within this budding field are far outweighed by the shared belief that evolution needs to be part of any satisfactory explanation of morality.

Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals

Helping relatives, as are found in extended families and tribes, also has clear reproductive value on a genetic level.

Nwtured look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality. Easy read and fascinating way to envision more than science can tell us about how similar we are or are not to monkeys and apes. It also makes no sense from an evolutionary perspective, since if civilization waa God is all that keeps us from tearing each other apart, how could we and our pre-human ancestors have made it through the period before organized religions and systems of laws were developed?

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Must an animal be human to he humane?

With the advantage that comes with ntured comes an evolutionary factor that could select for the mental capability to guess what others are thinking to generalize the expectations that others will have of one’s behavior in an alliance. As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human—and humane.

Good Natured

These are used to bolster the proposition that mental processes governing complex forms of human behaviour, such as sympathy and empathy with others, must have their homologues in the animal kingdom… [This book] is extremely well written and very entertaining.

Very interesting research on various natures: Refresh and try again. As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human–and humane. Trivia About Good Natured: While morality has taken the form of abstract reasoning among humans, de Waal argues that the roots of morality lie eaal emotion rather than reason.


There is a secular version of this view My follow up to Moral Minds. Quite technical and philosophical, he draws on multiple case studies and tried to look into a range of taxa. Animals with more developed memories actually begin to assign a “reputation” to others of their species. Smaller chimps will team up to prevent one of their group from ed beaten by a larger, more dominant chimp.

Print hardcover and paperback. What would have held primitive human and pre-human groups together, and how would moral systems have ever emerged?

Good Natured — Frans B. M. de Waal | Harvard University Press

De Waal argues that it ain’t necessarily so. First, the species must be social and inter-dependent on other members of their own species for survival.

With stories that could only be gleaned from a lifetime observing gpod and monkeys, he traces the origins of human morality back into the animal world. De Waal Peacemaking Among Primates,etc. Stronger individuals have a natuerd advantage in competing for scarce resources and taking those resources away from others. Aug 02, Dev Scott Flores added it. Preview — Good Natured by Frans de Waal. For instance, bats, df die if they don’t eat for more than two days, will share meals with non-related bats who were unsuccessful getting food on a particular night – provided that the recipients reciprocate in the future when the tables are turned.

That this is already happening—albeit largely at a theoretical level—is evident from recent books by, among others, Richard D. At their best, dominant chimps act as impartial arbitrators of disputes between other chimpanzees and can break up fights that are detrimental to the group.