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A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality

To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized society. But for philosopher Tamler Sommers, a sense of honor is essential to living moral lives. In Why Honor Matters, Sommers argues that our collective rejection of honor has come at great cost. Reliant only on Enlightenment liberalism, the United States has become the home of the cowardly, the shameless, the selfish, and the alienated. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself. Sommers shows how honor can help us address some of society's most challenging problems, including education, policing, and mass incarceration. Counterintuitive and provocative, Why Honor Matters makes a convincing case for honor as a cornerstone of our modern society.

©2018 Tamler Sommers. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A critical, yet seemingly impossible, topic!

Professor Sommers did a marvelous job explaining "honor," which is a seemingly natural-occurring phenomenon among all cultures in the world. And somehow he's able to talk about difficult moral phenomena in both a dispassionate but incredibly interesting way. This was a great read and the audio-version (which he read himself) is fantastic as well.

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fascinating portrayal of our society astray

Dr. Sommers narrates his well researched book on honor. He gives both extensive background and examples of how honor can and should return as a foundation of our society. One feels at times back in college and listening to your favorite lecturer, enthralled by every word. But his book goes so much further than the campus coffee shop. I only wish I had the chance to discuss the many thought provoking topics with the author himself.

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liberal p*****

we're all cowards for not excepting hoards of refugees. this guy is judgmental shallow pathetic. not a fan.

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Easy to listen, great content

Tamler narrates very well imo. Any listener who enjoys VeryBadWizards will enjoy it for sure.

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I am grateful that you didn't give up

wierd people need to hear thid message....thankyou for the work honor is a key to binding society's together

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Philosophy for modern problems

Tamler breaks down a topic, which could be risky, in the wrong hands. He takes both sides of the argument seriously and really sees both sides of his argument. This is a great read/listen if you want to see/hear where modern philosophy is going.

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Engaging and thought provoking

Fans of the podcast Very bad wizards will here find a much stronger argumentation for the virtue of honour than what has been presented in the podcast. The extra time the author has to flesh out his arguments and to present them in a more coherent way makes this an extremely interesting read.

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  • 12-07-20

comiserable

interesting if you are familiar with tamler's other works (e.g.vbw podcast). otherwise might still be interesting, but i couldn't tell. does have a tiny bit of the "nobel savage" fallacy included (i.e. it sometimes seems tamler is too entranched in cultures that are essentially advocates of bloodline induced child murdering). but it never gets too annoying, for most part the book's analysis is fairly objective without being cold or detaches.

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  • P. Jerome
  • 04-22-20

repugnant

I've always wanted some kind of justification for my brand of violent vigilante justice, and in this I have it. thank you.

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  • E. Morton
  • 11-29-18

If you've got to looking at the reviews, buy it.

This book is the right level of light enough to enjoy but in depth enough to be philosophically persuasive. It has changed my mind on some issues and illuminated cultural problems that I previously viewed as strengths. Not saying I agree with everything, but it reveals why honour has been so ingrained in our species past and why is should not be discarded as an outdated and archaic concept. You won't regret spending your time and money on this gem.