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The field of the biology of morality has expanded substantially in recent decades — and it is still growing. Major books are listed below — with links to brief reviews for biology teachers and general readers. For a synoptic commentary on all the books, see the review essay.
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    The Origins of Virtue
    , by Matt Ridley

    Evolutionary Origins of Morality: Cross- Disciplinary Perspectives
    , ed. by Leonard Katz

    Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals
    , by Frans de Waal

    Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior
    , by Christopher Boehm


    Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior
    , by Elliott Sober & David Sloan Wilson

    The Evolution of Cooperation
    , by Robert Axelrod

    Evolution of the Social Contract
    , by Brian Skyrms

    Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior
    , by Robert Richards
    The Descent of Man
    The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,
    by Charles Darwin

    Moral Psychology
    (3 vols.), ed. by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

    The Ape and the Sushi Master
    , by Frans de Waal

    Important Views on the Limits & Cultural Contexts of Science

    Not in Our Genes
    , by Richard C. Lewontin, Steven Rose & Leon J. Kamin

    Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA
    , by Richard C. Lewontin

    Lifelines: Life Beyond the Gene
    , by Steven Rose

    The Temptations of Evolutionary Ethics
    , by Paul Farber

    The Secret Chain
    , by Michael Bradie

    Evolutionary Psychology as Maladapted Psychology
    , by Robert Richardson

    An Odd Kind of Fame: Stories of Phineas Gage
    , by Malcolm Macmillan


    Morality as a Biological Phenomenon
    , edited by Gunther Stent

    Not By Genes Alone
    , by Peter Richerson and Robert Boyd
    Primates and Philosophers, by Frans de Waal & commentators
    Biology and the Foundations of Ethics
    , edited by Jane Maienschein and Michael Ruse

    The Evolution of Agency and Other Essays
    , by Kim Sterelny

    The Natural Selection of Autonomy
    , by Bruce Waller

    The Biology and Psychology of Moral Agency
    , by William Roffschaffer

    The Evolution of Morality
    , by Richard Joyce

    Not Recommended (Approach Critically)

    The Moral Animal
    , by Robert Wright

    The Science of Good and Evil
    , by Michael Shermer

    Survival of the Prettiest
    , by Nancy Etcoff

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