12 The problem facing Darwin is that of how virtues can be transmitted through

12 the problem facing darwin is that of how virtues

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12. The problem facing Darwin is that of how virtues can be transmitted through inheritance rather than teaching. Unless it can be shown how individuals will survive in the struggle for existence, despite caring more for others than themselves, morality cannot be inherited. A moral sense cannot then be part of human nature. *the survival of the fittest is thus the counterpart of the competitiveness encouraged, it is suggested, by capitalism. 13. It is a problem for evolutionary theory because it emphasis is so much on the individual, it has difficulty in explaining much that occurs at the social level. Reference to social instincts cannot properly explain why people are willing to cco-operate with non-relatives, when it is not directly advantageous for them or their family. 14. One contradiction at the heart of Darwinian theory when applied to humans is that the theory of evolution seems to challenge the very category of the human. There can be little emphasis on the notion of a species, since ultimately it holds that organisms merge into one another without any sharp break.
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