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A Very Bad Wizard

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Review – A Very Bad Wizard
Morality Behind the Curtain
by Tamler Sommers
McSweeney’s, 2009
Review by Joshua May
Dec 29th 2009 (Volume 13, Issue 53)

A Very Bad Wizard is a collection of delightful interviews or conversations conducted by philosopher Tamler Sommers. Sommers interviews an array of researchers–from psychologists to primatologists to philosophers–who all have one thing in common: their work has direct implications for the study of morality. The distinguished interviewees are Galen Strawson, Philip Zimabrdo, Franz De Waal, Michael Ruse, Joseph Henrich, Joshua Greene, Liane Young, Jonathan Haidt, Stephen Stich, and William Ian Miller. I read the book on my flights back to the West Coast after picking it up a few days prior in Massachusetts. I simply couldn’t put it down! It truly is–as Steven Pinker states in his blurb–both thought-provoking and entertaining. It is a lively way into some of the most fascinating interdisciplinary research on ethics–what often now goes under the heading “moral psychology”

Interesting, but what a limited perspective on morality.

Tags: ethics

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