University of Pittsburgh, Fall Term 1998
Ben Eggleston, Instructor
Philosophy 0300—CRN 35193: Introduction to Ethics
mailbox: CL 1001—office: CL 1428E
Thursdays, 5:45 p.m. to 8:10 p.m., in CL 142
office hours: Tuesdays, 5:15–6:15, and Thursdays, 4:40–5:40

Quiz no. 4, make-up no. 1

December 8, 1998

On the front of this sheet of paper, answer each of the following questions. Provide a distinct answer for each question, numbering your answers as you proceed. Before turning in your quiz, fold this sheet of paper in half, lengthwise (i.e., so that the crease goes from top to botton, down the middle), and write your name on the back. Only answers written on the front will influence your grade, and nothing written on the front should reveal your identity.

  1. How, according to Wright, do both Darwin and Freud have cynical views of human nature?
  2. Why might someone with a Darwinian view of the mind be suspicious of moral feelings and moral discourse? In other words, why might it be difficult for someone with a Darwinian view of the mind keep taking morality seriously?
  3. How, according to Wright, is the new Darwinian paradigm morally conservative but not politically conservative?
  4. What does Wright say are the first two steps toward “correcting the moral biases built into us by natural selection”?