The Ethical Implications of Evolutionary Theory

  • Marc Anthony Parker
Keywords: philosophy, ethics, morality, evolution


This essay is primarily concerned with important arguments involved in the debate about the relationship between evolution and morality. Though the paper holds that it is plausible that certain natural traits would have evolved into human moral sentiments, it argues that evolutionary theory cannot tell us how to be good people or why moral sentiments ought to take priority over immoral sentiments. Evolutionary theory is in this way an incomplete moral theory, analyzing how humans and human morality evolved through natural selection can uncover implications of evolutionary theory, which have a strong impact on a theory of morality

How to Cite
Parker, M. A. (2019). The Ethical Implications of Evolutionary Theory. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 2(1), 49-56. Retrieved from