Friday, December 18, 2009

The moral sentiments updated. Adam Smith was right about a lot of things

The blog site known as Knowledge Problem tackles Mark Hauser's thesis that biology not religion is responsible for our morality.
What I found particularly striking is the consistency of his analysis with arguments made over 200 years ago, by David Hume and Adam Smith. Both Hume and Smith argued that our morality is grounded in our human nature in the form of our “sentiments”, and that in many ways these sentiments transcend the specifics of religion or culture.

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