Andres Carlos Luco - A Cultural Evolutionary Theory of Moral Progress
- Date: Monday 25 September 2017, 14:00 – 15:30
- Location: Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied
- Cost: Free
Join Andres Carlos Luco for his presentation, which will be followed by an informal discussion. All are welcome and there is no need to book.
In this essay, I argue that moral progress has resulted from a process of cultural evolution. Moral progress is manifested in the emergence of “inclusivist” moralities which extend moral consideration to all human beings, and even to some non-human entities. Moral progress of this kind can be explained as a population-level effect of individual-level cultural learning mechanisms. These mechanisms operate in a process by which xenophobic and discriminatory moral norms give way to inclusivist moralities. As focal examples of culturally evolved moral progress, I shall discuss the abolition of slavery in the United States and the expansion of women’s rights in countries around the world since the late 19th century.