The Moral Sense

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Q. Wilson
Narrator: Wanda McCaddon
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: May 2001
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 12 minutes
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Virtue has acquired a bad name, says Wilson, but it is nevertheless what we are referring to when we discuss a person's character, such as whether someone is kind, friendly, or loyal. Although we may disguise the language of morality as a language of personality, it is still, in Wilson's words, "the language of virtue and vice." Says the author, "This book is not an effort to state or justify moral rules; that is, it is not a book of philosophy. Rather, it is an effort to clarify what ordinary people mean when they speak of their moral feelings and to explain, insofar as one can, the origins of those feelings."

Author Details

Author Details

Wilson, James Q.

James Q. Wilson teaches at Pepperdine University. He is Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He has written more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He is a past President of the American Political Science Association, and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003.