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Why Honor Matters

Narrated by: Tamler Sommers
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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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To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric.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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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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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but it reveals why honour has been so ingrained in our species past and why is should not be discarded as an outdated and archaic concept.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.