A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain

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Believer Books, 2009 - Philosophy - 239 pages
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?Do we have free will? What counts as justice in the Peruvian Amazon? Does evolutionary theory make ethics a sham? Is Catherine Zeta-Jones objectively hotter than Drew Barrymore?
These are just a few of the questions that philosopher Tamler Sommers attempts to answer in his interviews with ten acclaimed researchers in the burgeoning field of moral psychology.
Philip Zimbardo discusses his famous Stanford Prison Experiment, why he had to stop the study after only six days, and how what happened sheds light on the abuses of Abu Ghraib. Harvard neuroscientist Joshua Greene and Liane Young use MRI machines to investigate the neuroscience behind moral judgment. Jonathan Haidt tells us why we think sleeping with our siblings is wrong and how this relates to the clash between liberals and conservatives. Renowned primatologist Frans de Waal explains what his research on chimpanzees and bonobos can tell us about love and war. And much more.
"A Very Bad Wizard" is essential reading for anyone curious about the origins and inner workings of our moral lives.

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User Review  - Jakub Maly - Goodreads

It's a good book but I've enjoyed more those interviews where I knew a bit about the interviewed author's work beforehand. So a bit unbalanced experience. Read full review

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User Review  - Timothy McNeil - Goodreads

I am not only open to having my beliefs challenged, I welcome it. And Tamler Sommers (along with most of the interview subjects) wholeheartedly reject my mildly informed understanding of not only ... Read full review


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Tamler Sommers is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. He is the author of "A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain," a collection of interviews with philosophers and scientists. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and is a frequent contributor to the "Times Literary Supplement" and the "Believer.

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