Robert Hinde is one of the greatest ethologists, and a pioneer in linking various sciences in the study of human behavior. Here, Hinde explores the roots of morality, its evolution in various cultural contexts, and the ethical conflicts that arise in different spheres of modern life. His penetrating analysis of morality in relation to war and peace suggests ways to move toward the abolition of war. This is a book of fundamental importance to scholars and for aneducated public that badly needs wisdom in this field.
Robert A. Hinde is Emeritus Professor of Ethology at the University of Cambridge, and former Master of St. John's College, Cambridge. He is Chair of the British Pugwash Group (an organization set up in the 1950s to urge for greater social responsibility in science), President of the Movement for the Abolition of War, Fellow of the Royal Society, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and ForeignHonorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His academic career spans ethology, primatology, and developmental and social psychology, and his most recent books include War No More (2003, with Joseph Rotblat); Why good is good (2002); and Why Gods Persist: A ScientificApproach to Religion (1999).Sir Joseph Rotblat (1908 - 2005) was a nuclear physicist who resigned from the Manhattan Project and became a lifelong fighter for peace. His research into nuclear fall-out became a major factor in the agreement of the Partial Test Ban Treaty. A signatory of the Russell-Einstein manifesto, he became the first secretary general of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in 1957, and was later to become chairman of British Pugwash and president of Pugwash worldwide. He was awardedthe Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.