Why Honor Matters

Why Honor Matters

A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality

To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized society. But for philosopher Tamler Sommers, a sense of honor is essential to living moral lives. In Why Honor Matters, Sommers argues that our collective rejection of honor has come at great cost. Reliant only on Enlightenment liberalism, the United States has become the home of the cowardly, the shameless, the selfish, and the alienated. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself. Sommers shows how honor can help us address some of society’s most challenging problems, including education, policing, and mass incarceration. Counterintuitive and provocative, Why Honor Matters makes a convincing case for honor as a cornerstone of our modern society.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy

On Sale: May 8th 2018

Price: $27

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780465098873

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"A philosopher offers an impassioned... defense of honor cultures."—Kirkus
"In this provocative and important book, a brilliant young philosopher makes the case that Americans--and particularly liberal Americans--have been too quick to abandon honor as a way of life. Tamler Sommers argues that when properly applied, honor motivates courage and integrity, helps communities flourish, and might even solve problems such as mass incarceration and police brutality. Beautifully written, fiercely argued, and very timely, Why Honor Matters is really going to shake things up."—Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and author of Against Empathy