ASEBL Journal and Blog - Ethical Behavior/Evolutionary Biology

full name / name of organization: 
Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D. / St. Francis College (NY)

(Ethical Behavior)(Evolutionary Biology) In Literature

ASEBL Journal, St. Francis College, Department of English

ASEBL Journal appears as a PDF publication online at St. Francis College (NY):

ASEBL Journal is not directed at any highly-specialized audience. The articles, while academic in nature (grounded in scholarship), are written for an audience generally in tune with and sensitive to the notions of ethics and literature. ASEBL can be Ethical Behavior or Evolutionary Biology: broadly conceived, any treatment of the convergence among ethics, biology, and literature: personal responsibility, moral identity, social emotions, human nature, consciousness and conscience. While the genesis of the journal is humanistic, that originating intent does not rule out readings that include science (though it does rule out post-modernist, deconstructive readings).

In line with the aims and scope of the journal, we are particularly interested in readings that analyze the so-called biology of morality (as manifested in literature). This re-focusing is effective as of October 2011. We continue to welcome ethical readings in a more traditionally humanistic vein (though that does not include religious ideologies or politically-conservative opinions). We are hopeful that, at some point, we can publish articles only on the convergence of ethics/biology. What makes us believe morality derives from a heavenly cloud or a theoretical Form or an abstract imperative? In great part the evolution of our social emotions is responsible for many of our behavioral codes. And yet there is something distinctive about human morality not found in other highly-developed primates.

If you wish to have a submission peer-reviewed, please so indicate and such arrangements can be made. At any rate, please query before submitting anything. Contact the editor, Gregory F. Tague. Please include ASEBL in the subject line. Submissions are to be in MLA or APA format: brief in-text cites followed by a works cited page and endnotes (no footnotes); endnotes need to be set up without using embedded footnoting programs. If you cite online sources, it is your responsibility to make certain that the links are live and active. Documents should not have any headers or footers. Articles can range (approximately) from one thousand to two thousand words.

We hope to use the blog ( as a forum for guests to comment on the connections (consilience) among philosophy, science, and literature. While blog entries need not be scholarly, there should be some commitment to academic discourse. Please query.

To provide some context and grounding, the following have done some writing in the areas relating biology (emotions, consciousness, evolutionary psychology, etc.) and morality – (a highly-selective list): Charles Darwin; Maxwell Bennett; Paul Bloom; Joseph Carroll; Patricia Churchland; Leda Cosmides; Antonio Damasio; Richard Dawkins; Daniel Dennett; Michael Gazzaniga; Joshua Greene; Jonathan Haidt; Peter M.S. Hacker; Marc Hauser; David Hume; Jerome Kagan; Joseph Le Doux; Martha C. Nussbaum; Steven Pinker; Adam Smith; John Tooby; Frans B.M. de Waal; E.O. Wilson; Lisa Zunshine.