Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life (Paperback)

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Mark Matousek is the author of two bestselling memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind. A contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, he was a senior editor at Interview and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Details, and AARP magazine. Matousek lives in New York City.

In this engagingly written and deeply insightful book, bestselling author Mark Matousek explores a perennially troubling question: How can we be both good and evil?
 
Contrary to what we’ve been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, argues Matousek, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral, or good. But how do we make the judgment call between self-interest and caring for others? What does being good really mean? Which parts of morality are biological, which ethical? When should instinct be trusted and when does it lead us into trouble? How can we know ourselves to be good amidst the hypocrisy, fears, and sabotaging appetites that pervade our two-sided natures?
 
Drawing on the latest scientific research and interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists, and philosophers, Matousek examines morality from all angles in this thoroughly entertaining and helpful guide to crossing one’s own murky moral terrain.

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ISBN 9780767930680
Genre SCIENCE / General
Format Paperback
Pages 251
Publisher Date 2012-06-05 00:00:00.0
Publisher Anchor Books
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 0.64 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Search for a Moral Life
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Matousek, Mark

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