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Mating Intelligence, Moral Virtues, and Methodological Vices

Bracanovic, Tomislav (2010) Mating Intelligence, Moral Virtues, and Methodological Vices. In: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    According to the ‘mating intelligence’ theory by evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, human morality is a system of sexually selected traits which serve as costly signals to the other sex about one’s fitness and readiness to take care for possible offspring. Starting from the standard prediction of evolutionary psychology that sexual selection produces psychological sex differences in human mating strategies, ‘mating intelligence’ theory is analyzed for its compatibility with several psychological theories about sex differences in moral traits like moral reasoning, judgment and orientation. It is argued that the ‘mating intelligence’ theory, as a theory about the the evolution of morality, comes too dangerously close to being unfalsifiable because it embodies some auxiliary hypotheses and vague definitions which make it practically immune to every possible empirical finding concerning sex differences in human moral traits.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Mating intelligence, moral traits, sex differences, sexual selection, unfalsifiability
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Tomislav Bracanovic
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5229
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5229

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