• Morality

  • Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times
  • By: Jonathan Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sacks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A distinguished religious leader's stirring case for reconstructing a shared framework of virtues and values.

With liberal democracy embattled, public discourse grown toxic, family life breaking down, and drug abuse and depression on the rise, many fear what the future holds.

In Morality, respected faith leader and public intellectual Jonathan Sacks traces today's crisis to our loss of a strong, shared moral code and our elevation of self-interest over the common good. We have outsourced morality to the market and the state, but neither is capable of showing us how to live. Sacks leads listeners from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment to the present day to show that there is no liberty without morality and no freedom without responsibility, arguing that we all must must play our part in rebuilding a common moral foundation.

A major work of moral philosophy, Morality is an inspiring vision of a world in which we can all find our place and face the future without fear.

©2020 Jonathan Sacks (P)2020 Basic Books

Critic Reviews

"Jonathan Sacks is one of the great moral thinkers of our time. His latest book, Morality, applies his powerful approach to the unprecedented challenges of our time - social, political, economic, and above all, cultural. May his words be heeded throughout the land." (Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and The Upswing)

"Jonathan Sacks has produced a work of extraordinary depth, beauty, urgency, and erudition. If the prophets of the Hebrew Bible came back to guide liberal democracies and anxious citizens through this difficult time, but first they studied modern history and social science, this is the book they would write for us." (Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind and coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind)

"This major work in moral philosophy and theology should engage all readers, but particularly scholars, undergraduates, and graduate students." (Library Journal)

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Not Mind Shattering

A book spoken against the divisiveness of society yet berated an entire generation , discounted and omitted the societial issues brought upon by the boomer generation which has marred the economy millennials have been left to deal with. Waded through pages of arrogant touting for few grains of truth.

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The world needs to read this!

Brilliant from every perspective.
A pleasure and a joy listening to.
The more people will read this book the better the world will be.
Rabbi Sacks May you Rest In Peace.
We miss you.

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adequate

the book does a great job of framing the issue and provides many current studies in the topic. I was disappointed with the conclusion. it was very sophomoric and does not really provide conclusive answers.

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Read this book

Well written and evidence-based. This book brings much need soul back into political discourse

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Just what our country needs

Logical case for a deliberate effort for the modern society to reinstate we-mentality and high moral standards. Toxic politics and efficient markets do not assure progress in terms of happiness. Wise and intelligent text.

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Very insightful a must listen!

Very informative but wasn't clear on where he stood with some current social justice issues otherwise a fantastic listen.

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A wonderful piece of work!

Sacks wrote one of the most beautiful quotes I've ever read, "A contract is about interest. A covenant is about identity. That is why contracts benefit, but covenants transform."

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Inspirational

A comprehensive and critical dissertation on Morality as a guide for civilized behavior over time and across societies.
Jonathan Sacks goes on to address the current challenges facing western societies considering the erosion of Morality as a set of rules in recent years.

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Most enriching

I am on my 3rd time reading/listening.

Each time I discover more. Jonathan Sacks brilliantly burrows down to the heart of matters and what REALLY matters.

I particularly like that he is the narrator. His intention and conviction come across on his voice and are clearly understood.

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This is an absolutely brilliant work.

Read this. It's a brilliant work on how to approach the current sociopolitical moment, and it will and challenge you no matter where you're u sit on politics, religion, or other dividing lines.