Are we cut out for universal morality?
How can we realise objective ethical values? Society’s psychology has selfless elements that can combine with reason to enable inclusive and egalitarian ideals. But it also carries a darker side that has dragged us away from them. This is highlighted by recent attacks on basic institutions and values such as the Capitol Riot. William J. Fitzpatrick — a professor of intellectual and moral philosophy — reflects on why moving closer to the ideals of universal morality depend on curating an environment where the better aspects of human nature can thrive.