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Hauser to Nietzsche and beyond

December 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Post on Hauser and the evolution of morality

We discussed Hauser’s piece at Edge.org twice last week, and I a waiting on a copy of his book. But this discussion at Evo-News is reasonable.

However, at least, despite his Darwinian confusions, Hauser has a point: not religion, but ‘evolution’ seems to produce a moral code. Problem is, what evolution? Darwinian evolution hardly foots the bill.
Hauser is on dangerous ground for a Darwinian: he looks at morality as a whole, not just the trick piece about altruism used by Darwinians with their back to the wall.
To explain the existence of a moral code with Darwin’s theory seems impossible, but in any case has not yet been achieved.

Meanwhile the influence of Nietzsche remains a constant, a kind of adolescent rite of passage leaves the reality of Nietzschean thinking obscured by mythology. The fact is that Nietzsche is praised for genius ad profundity but actually has the most vulgar oversimplification of Schopenhauer for his starting point.

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