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What Makes Us Moral? On the capacities and conditions for being moral

  • Bert Musschenga
  • Anton van Harskamp

Part of the Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy book series (LOET, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Bert Musschenga
    Pages 1-13
  3. Morality, Evolution and Rationality

  4. Morality and the Continuity Between Human and Nonhuman Primates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Bert Musschenga
      Pages 99-116
    3. Andrés Luco
      Pages 131-150
  5. Nativism and Non-Nativism

  6. Religion and (Im)Morality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Stephen Maitzen
      Pages 257-269

About this book


This book addresses the question of what it means to be moral and which capacities one needs to be moral. It questions whether empathy is a cognitive or an affective capacity, or perhaps both. As most moral beings behave immorally from time to time, the authors ask which factors cause or motivate people to translate their moral beliefs into action? Specially addressed is the question of what is the role of internal factors such as willpower, commitment, character, and what is the role of external, situational and structural factors? The questions are considered from various (disciplinary) perspectives.​


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bert Musschenga
    • 1
  • Anton van Harskamp
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.of Social and Cultural AnthropologyFaculty of Philosophy and Department,AmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title What Makes Us Moral? On the capacities and conditions for being moral
  • Editors Bert Musschenga
    Anton van Harskamp
  • Series Title Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Library Ethics, Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-6342-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8293-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6343-2
  • Series ISSN 1387-6678
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 352
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Personality and Social Psychology
    Philosophy, general
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