1. Matt Ridley. The Origins of Virtue (and Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments)
2. Robert Nozick. “The Genealogy of Ethics” in his book Invariances.
I would enjoy hearing Sven’s thoughts on these three pieces, not to mention anyone else tuning in to Pileus.
Invariances is among the most difficult books I have ever read. Fortunately, the chapter I recommended is not difficult to understand. Some of the other chapters are very tough and very high powered philosophy. But one is well-served to read, reread, and keep reading Nozick. My favorite Nozick work is his classic book, Anarchy, State, and Utopia. The last section on Utopia is very much underappreciated and had a huge influence on my view of the world.