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RZ-249786-16

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Allen E. Buchanan (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
Russell Powell (Co Project Director: January 2016 to present)

The Evolution of Moral Progress

Preparation for publication of a co-written book about the possibility of a theory of moral progress in light of current evolutionary explanations of morality.

Evolutionary theories of morality paint a pessimistic picture of moral progress, suggesting that certain types of moral progress may be unrealistic or inappropriate for beings like us. At the same time, our history of moral achievements indicates that morality is far more plastic than evolutionary accounts might suggest. In this collaborative book project, we combine our philosophical expertise to revisit the question of moral progress within the strictures of our best scientific understanding of human psychology and society. We explore what moral progress consists in, how it is possible given the kinds of beings that we are, the avenues through which it is effectively achieved, and what its ultimate limits might be.

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Project fields:
Ethics

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$110,000 (approved)
$109,997 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2018