In this presentation filmed in 2010, Edward Hudgins offers a detailed examination of the attempts by the new secularists and atheists to address the fundamental questions of ethics and morality from an evolutionary and based on insights into human evolution and neuroscience.He lays out how thinkers like Dawkins, Dennett, and Shermer have wrestled with these issues and analyzes where they’ve succeeded and where they’ve failed to establish a rational foundation for ethics.

Hudgins also discusses how Objectivist meta-ethics is both consistent with the core of their discoveries and, indeed, necessitated by their understanding of science and the role of reason.

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Edward Hudgins

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Edward Hudgins is research director at the Heartland Institute and former director of advocacy and senior scholar at The Atlas Society.

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