Ethical Wisdom
15%
off

Ethical Wisdom : The Search for a Moral Life

3.9 (51 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

In this engagingly written and deeply insightful book, bestselling author Mark Matousek explores a perennially troubling question: How can we be both good and evil? Contrary to what we ve been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, argues Matousek, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral, or good. But how do we make the judgment call between self-interest and caring for others? What does being good really mean? Which parts of morality are biological, which ethical? When should instinct be trusted and when does it lead us into trouble? How can we know ourselves to be good amidst the hypocrisy, fears, and sabotaging appetites that pervade our two-sided natures? Drawing on the latest scientific research and interviews with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists, and philosophers, Matousek examines morality from all angles in this thoroughly entertaining and helpful guide to crossing one s own murky moral terrain. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 26mm | 299.37g
  • Anchor Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0767930681
  • 9780767930680
  • 1,153,368

Review quote

"Mark Matousek guides us through a revolution in ethical science with deft, thought-provoking style. "Ethical Wisdom" is a riveting, fun, and insightful tour of life's meaning and purpose, essential reading for anyone drawn to the query, 'How ought we to live?'"--Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence" "Mark Matousek has done some magic: he has written an informed, intelligent, humorous, insightful, and juicy book on ethics. You'll enjoy this book and maybe become a better person because of it."--Thomas Moore, author of "Care of the Soul" "I don't know how he has done it, but Mark Matousek has written a book about being good without being moralistic or judgmental. "Ethical Wisdom" is a call to our higher selves. Read it!"--Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues" "This broad-ranging book is remarkable for its emotional intensity, and for its message of redemption; it is a delineation of hope itself."--Andrew Solomon, author of "The Noonday Demon" "Bringing together the best of today's scientific research with a plainspoken forthrightness, "Ethical Wisdom" does what few books of this type can do: it inspires."--Mark Epstein, M.D., author of "Thoughts without a Thinker " ""Ethical Wisdom" is a unique delight--a fascinating, enlightening, and adventurous romp through the territories of philosophy, psychology, science, and spirituality. Mark Matousek has pulled off a most difficult task: he has written an intellectually rigorous and expansive book that is also beautiful and funny and inspiring."--Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of Omega Institute and author of "Broken Open" "This book springs from the latest research on biology [and] some of the oldest human wisdom. Both are interesting, and together they are potent."--Bill McKibben, author of "Eaarth" ""Ethical Wisdom" provides tremendous insight into our collective and individual psyches. Like GPS for the soul, it is a-show more

About Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is the author of two bestselling memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment and The Boy He Left Behind. A contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, he was a senior editor at Interview and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Details, and AARP magazine. Matousek lives in New York City.show more

Rating details

51 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 29% (15)
4 45% (23)
3 16% (8)
2 6% (3)
1 4% (2)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X