The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Lunchtime Lecture with Lorraine Pangle

A Socratic Perspective on Evolutionary Psychology: Why do we Love the Noble?

Thu, April 26, 2018 | Batts 5.108

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Evolutionary psychology has shed considerable light on the origins of human emotions in our pre-human and early human past, helping us understand such things as human sociability, hierarchies, reciprocal altruism, anger, and guilt. In striking ways it is confirming the claims about human nature advanced in Socratic political philosophy. As of yet, evolutionary psychology does not have a good account of the love of the noble, but it has established important foundations for such an account. Bringing Socratic insights to bear on arguments provided by such evolutionary thinkers as Darwin, Robert Trivers, and Richard Dawkins, Professor Pangle will suggest a possible way of understanding the origins of the love of the noble. She will thus show how political philosophy may make a contribution to modern evolutionary thought and also how evolutionary psychology may help evaluate some of the competing claims made by ancients and moderns in political philosophy.

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