This philosophical morality challenge examines the historical and scientific evidence as to how we regularly make moral decisions about difficult issues. It asks the question made famous by Julius Sumner Miller, ‘Why is it so?’
The litmus test for morality is based on a level of thinking that passes the scrutiny of logical reasoning and is testable. The 21 chapters lay out evidence, expose fallacies and encourage critical thinking.
Chapter titles and page numbers
- p13 Is telling the truth an important principle?
- p19 Should people have a right to say what they think – to express an opinion?
- p29 Who decided that all human life is sacred and must be protected?
- p43 Is human nature programmed into our DNA or instilled by cultural training?
- p49 Are parents responsible for their children?
- p57 Do only some belief systems have the answers for the future?
- p69 Were the Dark Ages really dark?
- p75 Is it right to accumulate as much wealth as you can?
- p83 Can philanthropy and self-regulation solve the world wealth imbalance?
- p93 Economic growth is only way forward. Is that right?
- p107 Is it human nature to put people in ‘boxes’ – that type of person?
- p115 Does context affect human rights?
- p123 Fallacies or fact. Are media factoids being believed?
- p133 Are some people naturally superior and others inferior?
- p147 Is survival of the species more important than human rights?
- p155 Are we all brainwashed and the notion of free will is a myth?
- p163 Is democracy really a country run by, of and for, the people?
- p173 Are other alternatives to democracy clearly bad?
- p183 Whose rules are right in a global society?
- p195 Should the next generation have life better than we have had?
- p209 The conclusion. The way forward … and when?
End notes and references p225-247