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Re-examining James Wilson’s “The Moral Sense”

In this week’s The American, Sally Satel revisits James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense, arguing that scientific research supports Wilson’s argument that the core pillars of morality are innate. While modern biological explanations of human behavior lead some to question the utility of punishment, Satel argues that our natural affinity for virtues means criminal punishment is both essential and appropriate.

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