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Bending the Rules: The Twenty-First Century Morality Robert A. Hinde

Bending the Rules: The Twenty-First Century Morality

Robert A. Hinde

Published February 5th 2009
ISBN : 9780199218981
Paperback
256 pages
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 About the Book 

Do-unto-others-as-you-would-have-them-do-unto-you. Who would disagree with this Golden Rule? We regard it as the basis of an absolute and universal morality. And yet it is considered acceptable to kill the enemy in war- for a businessman to do theMoreDo-unto-others-as-you-would-have-them-do-unto-you. Who would disagree with this Golden Rule? We regard it as the basis of an absolute and universal morality. And yet it is considered acceptable to kill the enemy in war- for a businessman to do the best for himself- for a lawyer to argue professionally for a position he would personally reject. Are the moral rules we live by more flexible than they seem at first sight?In Bending the Rules Robert Hinde does not follow the much-trodden path of philosophizing about what is right and just. Instead, he uses an approach grounded in the behavioral sciences to explore the nature of morality, what people actually do, what they believe to be right, and what values they hold, and how these positions came to be. Such a deeper understanding of morality, he argues, as a product of biological and cultural evolution, and changing with social environment, holds out hope that we can avoid disaster and steer society towards peace and equity in the twenty-first century.