David Sloan Wilson on Altruism
Tom Sutcliffe discusses altruism with Mexican campaigner Lydia Cacho, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, moral philosopher William MacAskill and composer Tansy Davies.
On Start the Week Tom Sutcliffe asks whether altruism is best explained through evolutionary science or moral philosophy. David Sloan Wilson argues for the former and believes altruism is part of group dynamics and social behaviour. William MacAskill may study the moral case for doing good, but is more interested in the practical impact than the heroic sacrifice. The Mexican campaigner Lydia Cacho knows what it means to make enormous personal sacrifices for the sake of others - her exposure of sexual and physical abuse has led to numerous threats on her life. While the composer Tansy Davies attempts to bring to the stage human beings in extremis as she creates an opera based on the events of 9/11.
Producer: Luke Mulhall.
David Sloan Wilson
David Sloan Wilson is president of the Evolution Institute and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University.
Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others is published by Yale University Press.
Lydia Cacho is a Mexican writer, journalist and activist.
Lydia will be ‘In Conversation’ with Gaby Wood on Thursday 16 April at The London Book Fair.
Slavery Inc.: The Untold Story of International Sex Trafficking is published by Portobello Books.
|Interviewed Guest||Lydia Cacho|
|Interviewed Guest||David Sloan Wilson|
|Interviewed Guest||William MacAskill|
|Interviewed Guest||Tansy Davies|