What's Wrong with Morality?: A Social-Psychological Perspective

2016.04.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. Daniel Batson, What's Wrong with Morality?: A Social-Psychological Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2016, 265pp., $39.95
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2016.04.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews C. Daniel Batson, What's Wrong with Morality?: A Social-Psychological Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2016, 265pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199355570. Reviewed by Vanessa Carbonell, University of Cincinnati What’s wrong with morality? Ask a moral philosopher this question and I suspect you’ll get one or more of these answers: (1) nothing; (2) it’s alienating, suffocating, cold, sexist, bourgeois, or a tool of oppression and social control; (3) it rests on questionable foundations, or isn’t properly objective, or doesn’t have the authority it claims; (4) it demands too much of us, or not enough. Ask a social psychologist what’s wrong with morality, and you get an interestingly different answer: morality doesn’t get what it demands. It tells us the right thing to do, but we do the wrong thing anyway. This book is an attempt to show that morality is a failure in. . .

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