Category Archives: Ethics

The Moral Psychology Handbook

Here are some highlights from the chapter on race in this 2010 book: * evolutionary psychologists hold that people in many cultures and historical epochs have relied on skin color and other bodily features to classify their fellows, and have … Continue reading

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Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency

Here are some highlights from this 2015 book by my favorite moral philosopher — John M. Doris: In 1957, a marketing consultant named James Vicary reported huge sales increases at a New Jersey theater concession. All one need do, Vicary … Continue reading

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Liberals, race, religion, bigots, essentialism (8-4-22)

The Left derides those who ascribe essential qualities to Jews, Christians, Muslims, blacks, whites, Anglos, Germans, Japanese, Nigerians. And the Left is right. Just because somebody is a member of one of these groups does not determine anything. There is … Continue reading

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The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History

Here are some highlights from this 2010 book by Samuel Moyn: * Historians of human rights approach their subject, in spite of its novelty, the way church historians once approached theirs. They regard the basic cause—much as the church historian … Continue reading

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Moral Acrobatics: How We Avoid Ethical Ambiguity by Thinking in Black and White

Here are some highlights from this 2021 book by psychologist Philippe Rochat: * Rare are the ultrastrict law abiders. The fact is that in all countries giving as little as possible to the taxman is a national sport. We tend … Continue reading

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