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Ethical Naturalism in the Thought of Edward O. Wilson A Critical Review of His Major Works

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Author(s): John-Henry Morgan

Journal: Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
ISSN 1583-0039

Volume: 9;
Issue: 27;
Start page: 175;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: ethics | religion | naturalism | E. O. Wilson | critical review | major works | evolution | sociobiology | cosmocentric | humanism | biodiversity

ABSTRACT
One of the most celebrated biologists of the past century, Edward O. Wilson has received virtually every scientific award and recognition for his provocative and innovative enquiry into the nature of the relationship between moral behavior and biology which the scientific community can offer. For over twenty-five years, his development of a field of study at Harvard University called sociobiology and the analytical concept he created called conscilience have revolutionized our thinking about ethics and human behavior. Exploring the interrelatedness of the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture, he has challenged the philosophical, theological, and sociological world to embrace a creatively converging view of science and ethics, of biology and human behavior. This essay is a critical review of Wilson’s major works written during the past three decades which have caused both international exuberance among scientists and an exclamation of outrage among many in the philosophical and theological world. This is the first comprehensive review and critical assessment of his major works.
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