Precis the birth of ethics

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“The Birth of Ethics”, which is summarized here, argues that creatures like us who lacked prescriptive concepts of a kind with desirability and responsibility would be robustly likely to develop practices of mutual commitment that would prompt the evolution of such concepts, giving them access to corresponding properties. That development and evolution would be explicable without reliance on prescriptive concepts, supporting a form of naturalistic realism about ethics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


  • commitment
  • Ethics
  • genealogy
  • naturalism
  • realism


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