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

December 3, 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. According to Wright, in what terms (or from what perspective, or by what rationale) does the theory of natural selection tell us to seek to understand “essentially everything about the human mind”?
  2. What does Wright identify as “The premise of this book”?
  3. What does Wright say are the first two steps “toward becoming an evolutionary psychologist”?
  4. Why, according to Wright, would evolutionary psychologists tend to agree with the view that “Morality is the device of an animal . . . pursuing its interests”?