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Mere Morality

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What drives us to be good? How do we even know how to be good? Philosophers and theologians have dealt with such questions for millennia, but Dan Barker thinks the answers are not so complicated. In Mere Morality, he argues there's no need to appeal to supernatural commandments or the fear of some higher power when considering morality. Stripping “good" and "evil” down to ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Pitchstone Publishing
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Ryan Boissonneault
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short book is a great reminder that morality is less complex, and more dependent on our cooperative instincts and on reason, than most people suppose. It’s also a reminder that reason is not a thing, but rather a function of the brain, and to be a fully aware and functioning moral agent requires the use of reason and the freedom to choose.

The book also shows how morality cannot come from religion, as very few people follow every teaching within the Bible or claim to be biblical literalists.
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Jakub Ferencik
Barker's three maxims for discerning moral truths are what he calls the three moral minds of "instinct, law, & reason".

It seems quite superficial as he does not raise any objections to his proposition. It is actually quite simple to raise objections to this view, that neither instinct, law, nor reason are sufficient in providing a universal moral system.

Instinct is superficial and does not get rid of the idea of the soul entrenched with the Divine conscience that God has given us. Law is te
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David O'Reilly
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that goes to show that a belief in god is unnecessary to be a good person.
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This is recommended for anyone who likes the TV show The Good Place (with an interesting perspective on the Trolley Problem).
Michael
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and simplistic, but not bad, and good to hear his perspective. It's kind of a rehash of some of his other stuff though.
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