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The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik

The Quest for a Moral Compass

The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik
Aug 11, 2015 | 400 Pages
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“Malik is admirably evenhanded in considering the history of ethical thought. An excellent survey for intermediate students of philosophy and a fine course in self-education for general readers.”
Kirkus Reviews

“What I love about Kenan Malik’s book is its unashamed, unabashed ambition: he wants to write the history of moral thought, not just in the Western tradition, but of all the traditions that make up the global argument about the direction that the human moral compass should point. The result is a tour de force of lucidity and narrative skill.”
Michael Ignatieff

“An absolute tour de force. I can imagine it replacing Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy on many a bookshelf—certainly mine.”
Tom Holland, author of In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire

“This is an extraordinarily rewarding investigation of the most striking, and contested, aspect of our humanity . . . To read it is not only to be better informed but also to be more alert to the assumptions that have guided human beings in the past, and to our capacity for goodness and wickedness.”
Raymond Tallis, author of The Kingdom of Infinite Space

From the eBook edition.

Table Of Contents



1 On the capriciousness of gods and the tragedy of Man

2 Gods of reason

3 On human flourishing

4 Heaven and hell

5 Nirvana

6 The view from the mountains

7 Faith and power

8 Reason and Revelation

9 The human challenge

10 The revolutionary spirit and the reactionary soul

11 The human triumph

12 Passion, duty and consequence

13 The challenge of history

14 The death of God, the end of morality

15 The anguish of freedom

16 The ethics of liberation

17 The unravelling of morality

18 The search for ethical concrete

19 Confucianism, communism and the clash of civilizations

20 The Fall of Man





From the Hardcover edition.

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