The Moral Arc

From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In this provocative and compelling book, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism - scientific ways of thinking - have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Product Overview
ISBN 9780805096910
Categories BX, Highlight, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction: Lifestyle, Science and Technology, WBD
Author(s) Michael Shermer
Publisher Henry Holt And Company
Pages 541
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.3cm x 4.2cm x 24.1cm
Weight 0.815 kg
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