People still believe that any behaviour is permitted so long as they can get away with it. This attitude makes our current moral situation both confusing and discouraging. In addition, society has lost confidence in traditional methods of strengthening morality, be it the family, the schools, religion, or the law. Our failure to create a peaceful, moral world is all the more disturbing when compared to the tremendous strides we have made in science and its application to business and industry, medicine, communications, transportation, and agriculture. In "The Morality Maze", Neil M Daniels expands the concept of morality by assigning it a scientific base in biology. In the past, each individual immoral behaviour was described and defined, but we failed to discern what they have in common, other than being forbidden. Daniels reveals one simple moral factor that pervades all moral and immoral behaviour. This "common denominator" is a bioenvironmental fact of human ecology. The human ecosystem artefact common to all forms of morality is "property," an innovative component of moral ecology theory that has revolutionary implications for moral philosophy, law, education, and daily life.
Table of Contents
The Purpose of This Book: What It Is All About?; Defining Morals, Ethics and Related Terms; Swaying Moral Opinion; Developing Moral Knowledge; The Morality Maze; Roadblocks to Moral Understanding; In the Beginning; Moral Development Among Primitives; The Role of Religion and Government in the History of Morals; Genetic Factors in the Roots of Morality; Intellect Versus Emotion, Belief and Habit in Human Nature; Is a Simple, Comprehensive System of Morals Possible?; The Human Environment; The Moral Lessons of Catastrophes; Extending Our Environmental Reach; Life Flow and Life Cycles; Matters of Life and Death; Property, Profit and Morals; The Ecology of Morals; On Being Our Own Moral Expert; Rights; Freedom; Index.