Books

Books : reviews

Frans de Waal.
The Bonobo and the Atheist: in search of humanism among the primates.
Norton. 2013

In The Bonobo and the Atheist, Frans de Waal explores for the first time the implications of his work with primates for our understanding of modem religion. He delivers fascinating evidence for the seeds of ethical behavior in primate societies that further cements the case for the biological origins of human fairness. Interweaving vivid tales from the animal kingdom with thoughtful philosophical analysis, de Waal seeks a bottom-up explanation of morality that emphasizes our unique connection with animals.