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The Science of Morality: The Individual Community and Future Generations

“I hoped someone would write an interdisciplinary volume communicating the unified approach to ethics for the nonphilosopher. Happily, J. L. Daleiden has done so brilliantly. Kant’s second Copernican revolution regrettably argued that reason could not deal with ethics; fortunately we have Daleiden who implements the third Copernican revolution for the nonphilosopher: reason can deal with ethics and morals. His landmark work is a “must” reading for scholar and educated citizen. Provocative, incisive, systematic, yet humane, Daleiden’s work will be read and analyzed for a very long time.”

--Michael Kazanjian
Author of Phenomenology and Education


“...interesting, original, well argued. It is based on an incredible amount of scholarly and current research. This work presents a new approach to ethical theory that is much needed today. It may become an important document in the history of ethics.”

--Robert H. Lichtenbert
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy


“...highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in ethics, philosophy and the development of communal and personal mores and standards of conduct.”

--James A Cox, The Book Watch,
Midwest Book Review



The Science of Morality attempts to answer the major questions that have puzzled philosopher since the time of the ancient Greeks. Including:

How do we determine the truth of a proposition?

Is human choice an act of free will or is every choice totally determined by biology and environment?

If free will is a myth, how can we legitimately hold people responsible for their actions?

Is there any meaning or purpose to human existence?

Can the facts concerning human existence be used to determine how people ought to behave?

How are human needs and wants determined?

What criteria can be used to judge human behavior as right or wrong?

Should society seek to influence human behavior, and if so, how?

What is the role of punishment? moral education? behavioral conditioning? other incentives and disincentives? What responsibility does the present generation bear with regard to future generations, if any?

Arriving at universal principles by which we judge the moral content of our actions has long been considered the exclusive domain of theology and philosophy. But advances in science and technology are forcing us to stretch, and even reevaluate our moral boundaries. Contending that we must stop excluding science our norms are social rules of behavior designed to balance the needs of the individual with those of the society and future generations.

In recent years the debate on morality has bogged down between the proponents of absolute moral standards and the advocates of various forms of moral relativism. Daleiden offers a way out of this quagmire, with a fresh, interdisciplinary approach to the whole subject of morality. Enriched by recent developments in philosophy, psychology, neurology, physics, sociobiology, sociology, and economics, The Science of Morality outlines a compelling set of hypotheses that challenge traditional notions of how moral behavior is determined and promoted by society. He gives special emphasis to the empirical questions that must be resolved if we are to confront the perplexing moral issues of abortion, euthanasia, drug use, sexual behavior, pornography, poverty, and related problems.