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Bending the Rules

Paul HindemithJoseph Rotblat

Bending the Rules

Paul HindemithJoseph Rotblat

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Everywhere people share certain moral principles--it is bad to steal, to kill, to lie--and yet we often subvert these rules. As Robert Hinde points out in this provocative book, the politician will vote with his party instead of his conscience, a lawyer will argue a point that he or she personally abhors. And this constant bending the rules ultimately endangers our world.

Hinde, an eminent Cambridge biologist and psychologist, here presents a new approach to morality--combining insights from evolutionary science with observations on how people actually behave. Featuring contributions by Nobel Peace Laureate Sir Joseph Rotblat, the book illuminates how rule-bending--hardening in-group boundaries, putting duty over other moral obligations, and much more--occurs within personal relationships, law, science, medicine, politics, business, and war. Hinde argues that many of the world's problems are related to the disregard of moral rules--for instance, racism, religious intolerance, excessive consumerism, and global warming. With growing reliance on nuclear weapons, we are heading for a world ruled by threat and fear, instead of one ruled by law and mutual understanding. We need a new understanding of morality, its nature, sources, and importance for communal living. This book helps to provide that understanding.

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About "Bending the Rules"

Everywhere people share certain moral principles--it is bad to steal, to kill, to lie--and yet we often subvert these rules. As Robert Hinde points out in this provocative book, the politician will vote with his party instead of his conscience, a lawyer will argue a point that he or she personally abhors. And this constant bending the rules ultimately endangers our world.

Hinde, an eminent Cambridge biologist and psychologist, here presents a new approach to morality--combining insights from evolutionary science with observations on how people actually behave. Featuring contributions by Nobel Peace Laureate Sir Joseph Rotblat, the book illuminates how rule-bending--hardening in-group boundaries, putting duty over other moral obligations, and much more--occurs within personal relationships, law, science, medicine, politics, business, and war. Hinde argues that many of the world's problems are related to the disregard of moral rules--for instance, racism, religious intolerance, excessive consumerism, and global warming. With growing reliance on nuclear weapons, we are heading for a world ruled by threat and fear, instead of one ruled by law and mutual understanding. We need a new understanding of morality, its nature, sources, and importance for communal living. This book helps to provide that understanding.

- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith was a German composer and conductor of great originality. His career began with the study of the violin and the viola, and he held important positions in German ensembles before the Nazi era. Under Hitler's regime, Hindemith experienced difficulties, both artistically and politically. For example, he refused to cease ensemble playing with known Jews. Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, accused Hindemith of cultural Bolshevism, and his music fell into official desuetude. Unwilling to compromise, Hindemith began accepting engagements abroad. During the late 1930s, he emigrated to the United States, and in 1946 he became a U.S. citizen. Hindemith's musical style is uniquely his own. He sought in each piece to find the style, musical vocabulary, and thematic material most suitable for the intended use of the piece. He was immensely prolific and eclectic as a composer, writer, and teacher.

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  • Catalogue Code 278984
  • Product Code 9780199218974
  • ISBN 0199218978
  • EAN 9780199218974
  • Pages 279
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Feb 2008
  • Dimensions 223 x 166 x 26 mm
  • Weight 0.486kg

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