Five Universal, Evolved Virtues?

Worth considering:

People from all cultures consider five main types of behavior moral – respect for authority, self-control, altruism, fairness, and honesty. Precursors of all five types of behavior have been observed in other animals. Dispositions to behave in these ways have evolved in many species because it is adaptive for individuals to show deference to more powerful members of their groups, to resist the temptation to engage in self-indulgent behaviors, to help their friends and relatives, to sustain systems of reciprocity, and to fulfill their commitments.

From The Origins of Morality by Dennis Krebs.


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