The Bonobo and the Atheist
In Search of Humanism Among the PrimatesBook - 2013
But unlike the dogmatic neo-atheist of his book's title, de Waal does not scorn religion per se. Instead, he draws on the long tradition of humanism exemplified by the painter Hieronymus Bosch and asks reflective readers to consider these issues from a positive perspective: What role, if any, does religion play for a well-functioning society today? And where can believers and nonbelievers alike find the inspiration to lead a good life?
Rich with cultural references and anecdotes of primate behavior, The Bonobo and the Atheist engagingly builds a unique argument grounded in evolutionary biology and moral philosophy. Ever a pioneering thinker, de Waal delivers a heartening and inclusive new perspective on human nature and our struggle to find purpose in our lives.
From Library Staff
JCLKimG May 12, 2014
This is a very interesting read about how primates (including humans) are a pro-social species. We do nice things for each other because morality is an evolved trait based on fairness and empathy. We don't always resolve conflict by competition, either. Like the bonobos, we sometimes resolve c... Read More »