Evolution Institute Projects

Ethics After Darwin

Ethical inquiry requires assumptions about human nature. In the past, these assumptions have been based on intuition or scientific knowledge available at the time. Today, we are witnessing an explosion of knowledge about the nature of our species from an evolutionary perspective.

Ethics After Darwin
Ethics After Darwin

This workshop was held on April 26-28, 2011 at Depauw University.

Ethical inquiry requires assumptions about human nature. In the past, these assumptions have been based on intuition or scientific knowledge available at the time. Today, we are witnessing an explosion of knowledge about the nature of our species from an evolutionary perspective.

“Ethics after Darwin” brought authorities on evolution together with ethicists to consider the implications of modern evolutionary science for ethical inquiry and the formulation of ethical public policies. The workshop reviewed the history of evolutionary ethics and explored the relevance of modern evolutionary science for contemporary issues such as sex discrimination, the environment, and social equality.

The purpose of the workshop that was held from April 26-28, 2011 at Depauw University was to create a permanent framework for examining the ethical implications of policies formulated by the Evolution Institute, which provides a conduit from the world of evolutionary science to the world of public policy formulation.

This workshop was held in collaboration with the DePauw University’s Prindle Institute of Ethics, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Rieth Fund, and the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics.