Property Law Reflections of a Sense of Right and Wrong


Property Law Reflections of a Sense of Right and Wrong



Professor Stake's contribution is titled, "Property Law Reflections of a Sense of Right and Wrong," pp. 277-287.


9783319196701 (hb), 9783319196718 (ebook)

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Cham, Switzerland


Property Law, Evolutionary Science and Law, Property Possession, Adverse Possession, Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, Bourgeois Strategy, Evolutionary Psychology


Law | Property Law and Real Estate


Shackelford, Todd K. and Ronald D. Hansen. The Evolution of Morality. Springer, 2016.

This interdisciplinary collection presents novel theories, includes provocative re-workings of longstanding arguments, and offers a healthy cross-pollination of ideas to the morality literature. Structures, functions, and content of morality are reconsidered as cultural, religious, and political components are added to the standard biological/environmental mix. Innovative concepts such as the Periodic Table of Ethics and evidence for morality in non-human species illuminate areas for further discussion and research. And some of the book’s contributors question premises we hold dear, such as morality as a product of reason, the existence of moral truths, and the motto “life is good.”

Highlights of the coverage:

  • The tripartite theory of Machiavellian morality: judgment, influence, and conscience as distinct moral adaptations.
  • Prosocial morality from a biological, cultural, and developmental perspective.
  • The containment problem and the evolutionary debunking of morality.
  • A comparative perspective on the evolution of moral behavior.
  • A moral guide to depravity: religiously-motivated violence and sexual selection.
  • Game theory and the strategic logic of moral intuitions.

The Evolution of Morality makes a stimulating supplementary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in the evolutionary sciences, particularly in psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology, political science, religious studies, and philosophy

Full bibliographic details available here.

Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, BJ 1311 .E965 2016

Property Law Reflections of a Sense of Right and Wrong