Saturday, September 24, 2005

David Harnden-Warwick Chimpanzees and Politics

Today in Northwest Voices of The Seattle Times:
"Tempest vs. Teapot Dome"
George, Warren Harding called. He's embarrassed for you.
-David Harnden-Warwick, Bellingham.

Below you see the abstract of Harnden-Warwick's paper: Psychological Realism, Morality, and Chimpanzees

"The parsimonious consideration of research into food sharing among chimpanzees suggests that the type of social regulation found among our closest genetic relatives can best be understood as a form of morality. Morality is here defined from a naturalistic perspective as a system in which self-aware individuals interact through socially prescribed, psychologically realistic rules of conduct which provide these individuals with an awareness of how one ought to behave. The empirical markers of morality within chimpanzee communities and the traditional moral traits to which they correspond are (1) self-awareness/agency; (2) calculated reciprocity/obligation; (3) moralistic aggression/blame; and (4) consolation/empathy."

Document Type: Research article.
Affiliations: Emory University
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