Ethics and Human Evolution


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This conference brings together an international panel of philosophers to discuss the foundations of ethics in the light of Darwinian theories of how the human “moral sense” evolved.


Issues to be addressed by the speakers include:


  • Questions in moral epistemology: e.g., if the moral sense evolved through Darwinian processes, would this undermine claims to moral knowledge?


    • Q​uestions in moral metaphysics: e.g., if moral facts exist, could they be products of Darwinian evolutionary processes?

    • Questions in moral psychology: e.g., can contemporary moral views, such as a moral commitment to advancing human rights or to protecting the rights of animals, be explained by Darwinian evolutionary processes?
See the Conference Abstracts​ page for titles and brief descriptions of the presentations. 


Dates: 1st to 3rd October 2018


Time: Presentations will take place between ~10:00am and 4:30pm (see the Conference Schedule​)




All conference sessions will take place in the Conference Room (room HSS-05-57) on the 5th level of the HSS Building at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).


HSS Building

School of Humanities

Nanyang Technological University

14 Nanyang Drive

Singapore 637332


Click here​ for a map.




Asst Prof Andrés Carlos Luco

Philosophy Programme, School of Humanities, NTU

Student assistants:

  • ​Kathryn Lynn Muyskens (NTU)
  • Luke Anthony Tan Peng Yee (NTU) 


Keynote speakers:


  • Jesse Prinz (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Kim Sterelny (Australian National University) 
  • Catherine Wilson (University of York)   ​  

Participating speakers:


  • William Casebeer (The Innovation Laboratory, Beyond Conflict International)
  • Justin Clarke-Doane (Columbia University)
  • Nina Laurel Powell (National University of Singapore)
  • Louise Hanson (Durham University)
  • Scott James (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
  • Micah Lott (Boston College)
  • Andrés Luco (Nanyang Technological University)
  • Neil Mehta (Yale-NUS College)
  • William Rottschaefer (Lewis & Clark College)