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Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business

Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business

by Eden Collinsworth


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On a quest to understand morality's place in modern culture, Eden Collinsworth taps a wide variety of impressive authorities, from authors and CEOs to scientists and pop stars.

Media executive and business consultant Eden Collinsworth investigates the surprisingly complex foundations of contemporary morality. From repentant murderers to corporate whistle-blowers, from the boardroom of Ashley Madison to famous ladies who lunch, Collinsworth leaves no stone unturned in her quest to understand the vagaries of the moral compass, and to figure out whether fixed ethical positions still exist--if they ever did.
     Warm, wry, and witty, Collinsworth weaves together her own research--from ancient history to contemporary philosophy--with numerous interviews of people from all walks of life. And throughout is her unique brand of probing thought and reflection, tackling the Kardashians, contemporary American politics, and her personal experience raising a child largely on her own. Conversational, intelligent, and always entertaining, Behaving Badly is brimming with evidence of how little we really know about the moral principles that underlie our daily actions and decision making.

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ISBN-13: 9780385540933
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

EDEN COLLINSWORTH is a former media executive and business consultant. She launched the Los Angeles based monthly lifestyle magazine, Buzz, after which she became VP and director of cross-media business development at Hearst Corporation. In 2011 she launched Collinsworth & Associates, a Beijing-based consulting company, which specializes in intercultural communication. She is the author of I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson. She lives in London and New York City.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 Confronting the Unreliable Provenance of Morals

1 Wherein I Begin with the Definition of the Word 9

2 According to a Convicted Murderer, It Has to Do with Character 16

3 A Neuroscientist Explains the Evolutionary Origins of Morality 27

4 A Brief History of Mankind's Attempts to Rein in Bad Behavior 40

Part 2 Morality's Scorecard

5 The Editor of the Financial Times Provides a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Principles 51

6 Instructions on How Not to Cheat 61

7 Pros and Cons of Doing the Right Thing 72

8 The Law: Tools of Control, or Instruments of Enlightenment? 79

9 The Political Function of Ethics 90

Part 3 Sex as Moral Provocateur

10 Monogamy (Not So Much Anymore) 101

11 The Screen as a Siren 116

12 Testosterone: Morality's Enemy, as Well as Its Hero 127

13 Immoral Women: Or Just Those Having a Better Time? 138

Part 4 Taking the Bother out of Morality

14 Celebrities as Standard-Bearers 149

15 Reality Redefined 158

16 The Web Wonders What's So Great About the Truth 163

17 Ethically Sanitized Warfare 171

18 Immorality's Black Sun 182

Part 5 The Future, or Something Like It

19 The Moral Vagaries of Making Babies 193

20 Mapping a Post-gay Culture 198

21 Is It Progress if We Barter with Ethics? 205

22 Programming Morality in Robots (They'll Show Us How) 211

23 So Who, Exactly, Gets to Set the New Rules? 224

24 Wherein I Conclude by Looking Forward 232

Epilogue 238

Notes and Additional Reading 245

Acknowledgments 253

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