I noted in my last post that many science-minded moral philosophers suggest that morality should aspire towards utilitarian goals (maximizing welfare for the greatest number of people/beings). I also noted that although utilitarianism sounds great in principle, in practice it's unrealistic and particularly unhelpful for managing human competitiveness.
Still, I very much admire the idea that we could identify fundamental principles that should guide us morally, and that we could understand these principles in scientific (specifically, evolutionary) terms. So in this post, I’m going to take a first step towards thinking about what an optimally-designed, evolution-minded moral system would look like, and how it could correct some of the shortcomings of utilitarianism.
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