The Moral Arc : How science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice and freedom, Paperback / softback Book

The Moral Arc : How science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice and freedom Paperback / softback

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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.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of Western philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781250081322

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