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The Resource The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates, Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author

The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates, Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author

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The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates
Title
The bonobo and the atheist
Title remainder
in search of humanism among the primates
Statement of responsibility
Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In this lively and illuminating discussion of his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal argues that human morality is not imposed from above but instead comes from within. Moral behavior does not begin and end with religion but is in fact a product of evolution. For many years, de Waal has observed chimpanzees soothe distressed neighbors and bonobos share their food. Now he delivers fascinating fresh evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cements the case for the biological origins of human fairness. Interweaving vivid tales from the animal kingdom with thoughtful philosophical analysis, de Waal seeks a bottom-up explanation of morality that emphasizes our connection with animals. In doing so, de Waal explores for the first time the implications of his work for our understanding of modern religion. Whatever the role of religious moral imperatives, he sees it as a "Johnny-come-lately" role that emerged only as an addition to our natural instincts for cooperation and empathy. But unlike the dogmatic neo-atheist of his book's title, de Waal does not scorn religion per se. Instead, he draws on the long tradition of humanism exemplified by the painter Hieronymus Bosch and asks reflective readers to consider these issues from a positive perspective: What role, if any, does religion play for a well-functioning society today? And where can believers and nonbelievers alike find the inspiration to lead a good life? Rich with cultural references and anecdotes of primate behavior, The Bonobo and the Atheist engagingly builds a unique argument grounded in evolutionary biology and moral philosophy. Ever a pioneering thinker, de Waal delivers a heartening and inclusive new perspective on human nature and our struggle to find purpose in our lives." -- Publisher's description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
UUO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waal, F. B. M. de
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QL737.P96
LC item number
W315 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bonobo
  • Altruistic behavior in animals
  • Ethics
  • Empathy
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Waal, F. B. M. de
  • Primatologists
Label
The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates, Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Earthly Delights -- Goodness Explained -- Bonobos in the Family Tree -- Is God Dead or Just in a Coma? -- The Parable of the Good Simian -- Ten Commandments Too Many -- The God Gap -- Bottom-up Morality
Control code
1560078
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
289 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780393347791
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1560078
  • (OCoLC)872373882
Label
The bonobo and the atheist : in search of humanism among the primates, Frans de Waal ; with drawings by the author
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Earthly Delights -- Goodness Explained -- Bonobos in the Family Tree -- Is God Dead or Just in a Coma? -- The Parable of the Good Simian -- Ten Commandments Too Many -- The God Gap -- Bottom-up Morality
Control code
1560078
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
289 pages, 8 pages of plates
Isbn
9780393347791
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1560078
  • (OCoLC)872373882

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