In the United States it is common and easy for a politician to say something like, “There is a moral imperative to ensure that quality affordable health care is available to all Americans.” But, as Munro points out, most such speakers never tell us what the content of such a moral standard is, and if it is applicable to all societies. To try to fill that gap, Munro chose the subject matter in this book. Part One draws on recent findings in the cognitive sciences and in evolutionary psychology to identify ethical principles that are likely to help us humans to succeed biologically as individuals, and, also, as cooperative groups. Part Two applies those principles to two practical problems of special relevance to China: moral complexities in choices about global warming, and the absence of consistency in the Chinese legal system. Munro finishes the book with his own appearances in two interviews, one about Tang Junyi’s legacy (Munro studied with Tang in 1962) and the other about critical challenges to his works on Chinese philosophy since the 1960s.
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