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The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

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This remarkable book, authored by Kwame Anthony Appiah who has roots in Ghana, might change the way you understand human behavior and the way social reform is brought about. In arguing that new democratic movements over the last century have not been driven by legislation from above, Appiah explores the end of the duel in aristocratic England, the tumultuous struggles over footbinding in nineteenth-century China, the uprising of ordinary people against Atlantic slavery, and the horrors of "honor killing" in contemporary Pakistan. Intertwining philosophy and historical narrative, he has created a fascinating study of moral evolution that demonstrates the critical role honor plays a in the struggle against man's inhumanity to man. By the way, Appiah writes the popular ‘Ethicist’ column in ‘The New York Times Magazine’.


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