|aThe moral arc |bhow science and reason lead humanity toward truth, justice, and freedom |cMichael Shermer.
|aNew York |bHenry Holt and Company|c2015.
|a541 p. |bill. |c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -526) and index.
|aBending the moral arc -- The moral arc explained. Toward ascience of morality ; The morality of war, terror, and deterrence ; Why science and reason are the drivers of moral progress ; Why religion is not the source of moral progress -- The moral arc applied. Slavery and a moral science of freedom ; A moral science of women's rights ; Amoral science of gay rights ; A moral science of animal rights -- The moral arc amended. Moral regress and pathways to evil ; Moral freedom and responsibility ; Moral justice: retribution and restoration ; Protopia : the future of moral progress.
|a"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 thewoodcuts 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 beliefin 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--scientificways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world"--Provided by publisher.