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Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature

by Larry Arnhart
Albany: SUNY Press, 1998. 352 pages.

In Darwinian Natural Right, Larry Arnhart maintains that evolutionary biology favors the Aristotelian view of ethics as rooted in human nature, defining Darwinian natural right in terms of the fulfillment of natural desires based in human biology that are universal to all human societies. "This is one of the best works of its kind that I have read in many years", writes Michael Ruse in Biology and Philosophy: "It is extremely well-written and reads beautifully." The author is Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University.