Non­fic­tion

Moral­i­ty: Restor­ing the Com­mon Good in Divid­ed Times

  • From the Publisher
November 9, 2018

A dis­tin­guished reli­gious lead­er’s stir­ring case for recon­struct­ing a shared frame­work of virtues and values.

With lib­er­al democ­ra­cy embat­tled, pub­lic dis­course grown tox­ic, fam­i­ly life break­ing down, and drug abuse and depres­sion on the rise, many fear what the future holds.

In Moral­i­ty, respect­ed faith leader and pub­lic intel­lec­tu­al Jonathan Sacks traces today’s cri­sis to our loss of a strong, shared moral code and our ele­va­tion of self-inter­est over the com­mon good. We have out­sourced moral­i­ty to the mar­ket and the state, but nei­ther is capa­ble of show­ing us how to live. Sacks leads read­ers from ancient Greece to the Enlight­en­ment to the present day to show that there is no lib­er­ty with­out moral­i­ty and no free­dom with­out respon­si­bil­i­ty, argu­ing that we all must play our part in rebuild­ing a com­mon moral foundation.

A major work of moral phi­los­o­phy, Moral­i­ty is an inspir­ing vision of a world in which we can all find our place and face the future with­out fear.

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