The Inclusivist Anomaly Is Not an Anomaly: A Reply to Buchanan and Powell Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Porter, John
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
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  • In their forthcoming book The Evolution of Moral Progress: A Biocultural Theory, Allen Buchanan and Russell Powell argue that evolutionary theory cannot explain the inclusivist anomaly—the relatively recent emergence of inclusivist moral commitments such as commitments to abolition or human rights—because the motivations which brought about the inclusivist anomaly are not accounted for by evolutionary theory. I argue, pace Buchanan and Powell, that evolutionary theory can account for the motivations which brought about the inclusivist anomaly, and that the inclusivist anomaly is therefore not an anomaly after all.
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  • Postema, Gerald J.
  • Bovens, Luc
  • Sayre-McCord, Geoffrey
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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