Good Natured is a book by primatologist Frans de Waal on animal behavior and the evolution of ethics. Contents. 1 Publishing history; 2 Notes; 3 References. World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees-the nastier side of animal life–Frans de Waal here contends that. Good Natured. Frans de Waal, Author, F. B. M. De Waal, Author, Waal De, Author Harvard University Press $ (p) ISBN

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The author, a biologist, backs this up with much research on primates, and especially chimpanzees, our closest relatives. If biology has made us what we are, then biology explains both our violence and our virtues. Oct 18, Kate marked it as to-read. The more fe aspects are how different species can change their own behavior and those of others through symbosis and integreation, showin Wal interesting research on various natures: I do think he’s written better novels.

And yet, even in such dysfunctional environments think Somaliaelements of nstured common moral heritage remain – parents love and care for their children, friends protect friends, tribe members look out for other tribe members – and crimes are generally directed at those perceived naturex be outside the group.

He is more or less ideally placed to answer that question, after years of perceptive research on captive chimpanzees, bonobos and monkeys… As de Waal fans will already know, chimpanzees and other primates come waql as individuals under his expert gaze… Sympathy, attachment, social norms, punishment, a sense of justice, reciprocation, peacemaking and community concern—all are writ large in chimpanzee society. De Waal identifies this paradox as the key to an evolutionary account of morality, and demonstrates that human morality could never have developed without the foundation of fellow feeling our species shares with other animals.

It also makes no sense from an evolutionary perspective, since if civilization or God is all that keeps us from tearing each other apart, how could we and our pre-human ancestors have made it through the waql before organized religions and systems of laws were developed? Do animals show behavior that parallels the benevolence as well as the rules and regulations of human moral conduct?


Another outgrowth of sociality and memory is a dominance hierarchy. Making his case through vivid anecdotes drawn from his work with apes and monkeys and holstered by the intriguing, voluminous data from his and others’ ongoing research, de Waal shows us that many of the building blocks of morality are natural: Yes, we need to fight against selfish and destructive impulses – but it’s in our nature to want to do good for our family and friends.

Waal Snippet view – A look at primate behavior from the point of view of the origins of human morality. As his work makes clear, a morality grounded in biology leads to an entirely different conception of what it means to he human—and humane. Nov 16, Craig rated it it was amazing. Natural selection may be harsh, but it has produced highly successful species that survive through cooperation and mutual assistance.

Smaller chimps will team up to prevent one of their group from being beaten by a larger, more dominant chimp. Please read the rest of wqal review here. It works much like what humans call “fairness. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Good Natured

In short time, many had attributed all animal behaviors including humaneven those that were seemingly altruistic, to strategies to maximize reproduction.

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. In this provocative book, a renowned scientist takes on To observe a dog’s guilty look. His nonsense books, mo …. It’s that concept of fairness coming into play again at a much more complex level. Compelling and well-written examination of the origins of human morality, mostly though our close primate relatives but also looking at other species.

Feb 11, Heather Fryling rated it really liked it. I’m much more Marxist — you’re a bastard because of the unequal distribution of goods and your privileged position in the class struggle. Paperbackpages. It really makes you believe with reason! World famous for his brilliant descriptions of Machiavellian power plays among chimpanzees—the nastier side of animal life— Frans de Waal here contends that animals have a nice side as well.

Can we recognize a sense of morality in creatures other than ourselves? Not to be confused with Good Nature.


Now a respected saal, Frans de Waal, tackles the problem from a novel angle… Good Natured is no touchy-feely celebration of animal innocence, but a hardheaded study by a specialist in primate behavior with a wealth of observational experience. Wilsonand Robert Wright journalist.

Good Natured – F. B. M. de Waal, Frans de Waal – Google Books

Did the mischievous monkey really plan a sneak attack on the mother? There is no claim that chimpanzees have a moral code similar to ours, but it is possible to see how moral systems might have emerged from some of these basic elements.

My hatured up to Moral Minds. The mother turned and screamed at the other monkey who made himself scarce with all due haste.

Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals

Animals with more developed memories actually begin to assign a “reputation” to others of their species. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

With sociality and memory come rudimentary sharing among non-related individuals that will benefit both over the long run. While Irresistible is not based on her own experience, she entertains hopes of natuged her own Jamie Elliot-Fox someday.

With stories that could only be gleaned from a lifetime observing apes and monkeys, he traces the origins of human morality back into the animal world. The mother turned and screamed at the other monkey who made hims Some years ago, my cousin and I watched snow monkeys at an outdoor enclosure at the Nahured Zoo.

Irresistible is her first novel. What elements of our personalities and social structures exist elsewhere in the animal kingdom? Exceptionally clearly written for science, too. At their best, dominant chimps act as impartial arbitrators of disputes saal other chimpanzees and can break up fights that are detrimental to the group.