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Beyond Bad by Chris Paley

Beyond Bad: How obsolete morals are holding us back

Chris Paley

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1 review

Category: Philosophy, Non-fiction
Imprint: Coronet Books
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 11 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781529327090

Scientific research has achieved what thousands of years of philosophising failed to do: explain why we have morals and how they work. The answers are surprising and frequently disturbing. Morals are obsolete: a malfunctioning relic of our evolutionary past. Chris Paley argues for nothing less than a completely new way of understanding humanity.

4 stars out of 5
James Marriott
13 Mar 2021

"(a) punchy argument against modern moral certainty"

It is true that Paley’s hectic bravado and loudly advertised contempt for morality sometimes makes the experience of reading Beyond Bad feel like you’re being heckled by a cross between Scrappy-Doo and Friedrich Nietzsche. And, yes, some sceptically minded readers will come over queasy at the array of suspiciously neat social experiments and tendentious evolutionary psychological speculation. Nevertheless, the book is distinguished by its author’s brilliantly unillusioned thinking. For me his basic argument is irrefutable. It could hardly be more necessary in these all-too-moralistic times.