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The Power of Ideals


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Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Wrong Turns in the New Science of Morality Chapter 2: The Active, Ideal-Seeking, Motivated Moral Self Chapter 3: Towards A Moral Psychology in Full Chapter 4: Truthfulness Chapter 5: Humility Chapter 6: Faith Chapter 7: The Universal Search for Moral Truth

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William Damon is Professor of Education at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. He is an author of eighteen books, including Greater Expectations, which won the Parents' Choice Book Award. Damon's research has been covered in many national publications, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His national talk show appearances include The Diane Rehm Show, Oprah!, The O'Reilly Factor, and Talk of the Nation. Anne Colby is Consulting Professor at Stanford University. Previously, she was Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and director of the Murray Research Center at Harvard University. Colby received the Kuhmerker Award from the Association of Moral Education for lifetime achievement in the field of moral development. She is an author of nine books, including Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education, which won the Frederick Ness award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Colby's research has been covered in national publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.


"As only Damon and Colby can do, the authors provide an expert, candid, and refreshing discussion of the complexities of the moral life. Looking for no easy answers, they raise concerns regarding popular trends in deterministic approaches and embrace the messiness of moral psychology-providing a vision for the roles of biology, culture, reason, emotions, imagination, behaviors, and virtue. Daring to explore issues of faith, unlike most social scientists, the authors offer a novel and important portrayal of the resources and demands of secular and religious faith in the quest to live a moral life. Readers beware-their unique approach of delving into the lives of actual historic, moral heroes does not just inform, but threatens to transform. The Power of Ideals offers a road map and gives hope that social change through moral excellence is accessible to the all of us." --Pamela Ebstyne King, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Fuller Theological Semiary Featured in PsycCRITIQUES

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