Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Evolving Politics

No Right Turn has a considered response to Dennis Dutton's Darwin and Political Theory.

Most evolutionary psychologists do make clear that the morals we choose to live by are ultimately our personal choice and cannot be justified or defended on the basis of evolution. But that does not mean that evolutionary psychology may not shed light on some areas of politics.

For example, Steven Pinker's "The Blank Slate" gives a good account of why the 20th century Utopian dreams of the Left and Right turned out so disastrously - in terms of our innate psychology, which is I believe a significant advance in political theory.

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