The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom by Michael Shermer

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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.

Title : The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
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ISBN : 0805096914
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 541 pages


Biblio rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 07, 2015

Michael Shermer, professional skeptic, has written a very ambitious book. In The Moral Arc he proposes to take up where Steven Pinker left off in his The Better Angels of Our Nature. Pinker's book sets out to show that we are living in the least violent times in history and that this is due to ou...

Jonathan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 22, 2016

It's impossible to take this book seriously. For me, it's Alain de botton all over again -- the guy talks a lot, but doesn't demonstrate any understanding of the issues at play at all. The only thing worth reading in this book are the ocassionally relevant quotes, as well as the interesting facts...

Book rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2015

The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom by Michael Shermer “The Moral Arc” makes the compelling case that the world is progressing morally and that most of this development is a result of secular forces. Best-selling author and well-known skeptic Mich...

Justin rated it ★★★☆☆

September 04, 2015

If I could give a 3.5 rating, I would have for this book. This book had a lot of potential considering it was pulling off of two great books; The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker and The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris. However, I don't think it really delivered all too well. Pieces of...

Barry rated it ★★★★☆

January 22, 2015

Part Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature”, part Matt Ridley’s “The Rational Optimist”. Part new-atheism, part pop-libertarianism. I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with every single point being made and not fully enjoying it because each of these points has been professed...

Rich rated it ★★★☆☆

March 27, 2016

I really enjoyed "Why People Believe Weird Things," so I thought this book would be great. Shermer's Introduction was absolutely wonderful, and included one of my favorite paragraphs ever. I've re-read it so much, and so want it to be true, that I'll post it here: "Improvements in the domain of m...

Gendou rated it ★★★★☆

March 04, 2015

Shermer argues for the forward progress of moral thinking throughout history. This "moral arc" bends, he says, towards truth, justice, and freedom. He makes a good case from sociological evidence of humans past and present. He follows this arc to its logical conclusion which is, in his opinion, in...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2014

This book is very thought-provoking. Although I do not agree with everything the author said, I found many of his arguments persuasive. He often cited the literature to back up the arguments he made which I appreciate. In many ways I did not like this book, not because it was poorly written or po...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

March 04, 2016

Pretty good summary of human psychology and politics and a very good synthesis making the case that science has improved us not only materially but morally. It talks in the abstract in the first half summarizing the psychology of politics and the arch of human history and then goes on to practica...

Otto rated it ★★★★☆

October 08, 2017

OK, I have a credibility problem. I think. You see, I agree with Michael Shermer about almost everything: ethics, science, religion, politics, economics. Can I be trusted to review this book fairly? (This, by the way, is the sort of question that being a skeptic allows me to ask in all humility.)...

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