Moral Freedom: The Search For Virtue in a World of Choice

Moral Freedom: The Search For Virtue in a World of Choice

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by Alan Wolfe
     
 

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"No sociologist now writing is able to capture and describe American manners and morals better than Alan Wolfe."—David Brooks
What is the difference between right and wrong? What does it mean to lead a good life? How binding is the marriage vow? What are your obligations to an employer? To your friends? To yourself? Is it always immoral to tell a lie? "[A]n

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"No sociologist now writing is able to capture and describe American manners and morals better than Alan Wolfe."—David Brooks
What is the difference between right and wrong? What does it mean to lead a good life? How binding is the marriage vow? What are your obligations to an employer? To your friends? To yourself? Is it always immoral to tell a lie? "[A]n alert and knowledgeable social critic," Alan Wolfe asked Americans around the country such questions in "his intriguing exploration of our collective character, testing prevailing notions of the culture war" (New York Times Book Review). Focusing on the traditional virtues of loyalty, honesty, self-restraint, and forgiveness, Wolfe "strips away ulterior agendas to give us a look at the raw material of the American conscience" (New York Observer) and discovers that "Americans...have not so much left traditional morality behind as they have redefined it in ways that suit their individual tastes, purposes, and situations" (Washington Post). "Wolfe is right that [the search for moral freedom] is a revolution...a very American revolution."—Newsweek

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Newsweek
Wolfe is right that [the search for moral freedom] is a revolution...a very American revolution.
David Brooks
No sociologist now writing is able to capture and describe American manners and morals better than Alan Wolfe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393323023
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
808,062
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Wolfe is the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College and the author of, most recently, the best-selling One Nation after All.

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