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5.0 out of 5 stars Towards a natural explanation for morality, 24 Feb 2010
This review is from: Age of Empathy (Hardcover)
Another tour de force for Frans De Waal. Whereas his previous book, "Our Inner Ape", focused on the duplicity of human nature by positioning the human species in between the violence and power-plays of the chimpanzees on the one hand and the good-naturedness and sexuality of the bonobos on the other, this book is all about what makes us, and our closest animal relatives, "good". It contains the latest results of empirical studies, mainly on captive animals, and observational studies on captive and wild animals - primates, but also monkeys, dolphins, whales and elephants. It doesn't eschew the occasional annecdote, which will anger some people, but didn't bother me. A truly fascinating read! For greatest impact, best read in conjunction with his other book Our Inner Ape: The Best and Worst of Human Nature and with Mark Bekkof'sWild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals and The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy and Why They Matter
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