Reclaiming Virtue How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do the Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason

ISBN-10: 0553095927

ISBN-13: 9780553095920

Edition: 2009

Authors: John Bradshaw

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This hugely ambitious book walks right into the middle of current controversies about public and private morality. Bradshaw is appalled-as are so many-by the greed and lack of caring that plague the world today. He knows, too, that many people feel rudderles-wanting to do right, but surrounded by a society that sells a "get yours" philosophy on every corner. Is the only answer a return to traditional rules-based morality and an idealized past? Bradshaw says no. Instead, he shows that each of us has what he calls an inborn moral intelligence, an inner guidance system, that can lead us - if we know how to cultivate it in ourselves and others. His fascinating discussion ranges from the ancient Greek philosophers through his life-long study of human development to the most recent discoveries of neuroscience. Examples of "magnificent moral moments" drawn from history and literature are inter-woven with revealing personal stories, illustrating both the heights of human ethical behavior and the difficulty of acting on what we know to be right. What emerges is a clear vision of a morality grounded in childhood, educated by the practice of both traditional and modern virtues, and culminating in a moment-to-moment ability to "do the right thing at the right time for the right reason." Just as Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence gave us a new way to understand being smart, John Bradshaw is offering us a new way to understand being good. The landmark book is both a powerful appeal to what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature," and a concrete guide to building a life of integrity step by step.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/28/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.628

John Elliot Bradshaw was born in Houston, Texas on June 29, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in sacred theology and a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He taught at the University of St. Thomas for a year. In 1964, just days before he was to be ordained, he left the Basilian Order. He eventually checked himself into an alcohol-treatment program at a state hospital in Austin. On being released, he returned to Houston and attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings daily for the next three years. He soon began teaching adult Sunday school classes at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and working with addicts in the church's drug-abuse program. He also appeared on local television as the host of a talk show entitled Spotlight and found himself in demand as a lecturer on family psychology. In the early 1980s, he did a television series on the psychologist Erik Erikson's eight stages of man, which was broadcast on PBS. He also created a 10-part series entitled Bradshaw On: The Family, which also aired on PBS. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Bradshaw On: The Family, Bradshaw On: Healing the Shame That Binds You, Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, Family Secrets: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You, and Post-Romantic Stress Disorder: What to Do When the Honeymoon Is Over. Many of his books were turned into PBS specials. He died of heart failure on May 8, 2016 at the age of 82.

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