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The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

by Kwame Anthony Appiah
£20.00   hardback  WW Norton & Co (2010)

The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah Honour emerges at the centre of our modern world in Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Honor Code. Over the last few centuries, new democratic movements have led to the emancipation of women, slaves and the oppressed. What drove these modern changes, Appiah argues, was not imposing legislation from above but harnessing the ancient power of honour from within. He explores the end of the duel in England, the tumultuous struggles over footbinding in nineteenth-century China and the uprising of ordinary people against Atlantic slavery. Finally, he confronts the horrors of "honour killing" in contemporary Pakistan, where rape victims are murdered by their relatives.
He argues that honour, used to justify the practice, can also be the most effective weapon against it. Intertwining philosophy and historical narrative, Appiah has created a dramatic work, which demonstrates that honour is the driving force in the struggle against man’s inhumanity to man.

"He [Appiah] sounds an urbane and civilised note when discussing what are often raucous and rancorous issues. But the civilised note is quietly compelling, and never more so than in this latest book."
(The Guardian)

ISBN 13: 9780393071627 | ISBN 10: 0393071626

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