Of men, apes, and morals

This article from the Times Literary Supplement discusses three recent books on morality: specificially, how it might have evolved, and whether and to what degree it’s present in other great apes. One of the books is by Frans de Waal (Primates and philosophers: How morality evolved), and as always when I read either something he’s written or stories about chimps or bonobos taken from things he’s written, I learned something new about their behavior. In this case what struck me was the story of a bonobo who tried to help a stunned bird. There’s plenty of other good food for thought in the article as well.