12,065 book reviews and counting...

Morality Reviews

Morality by Jonathan Sacks


Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times

Jonathan Sacks

Score pending

2 reviews

Category: Philosophy, Non-fiction
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781473617315

Internationally acclaimed thought-leader Jonathan Sacks demonstrates how we can build a strong collective morality for the modern era.

3 stars out of 5
19 Aug 2020

"Short, punchy chapters take us through the things Sacks approves of"

Throughout this even-tempered polemic, Sacks allows every now and then that the liberal too argues from moral principles, but they are swiftly dismissed as principles of the wrong sort. A representative example comes in the course of Sacks’s discussion of marriage and family. The usual beats are struck: metropolitan middle-class liberals who wanted sex without commitment weakened the laws governing marriage, thus producing a generation of broken ­children, many of them working class, to be brought up in violence and squalor.


4 stars out of 5
10 Apr 2020

"A searching look at how individualism is on the rise and changing our society"

Sacks’s biggest and most powerful idea is also one of his oldest, having appeared in his 1997 book The Politics of Hope. He argues persuasively that we have increasingly moved from a society that rests on covenants to one that relies on contracts. A covenant, such as marriage, is a relationship in which we make commitments and rely on trust. A contract, however, is a transaction that we make only for our own best interests and so is always underpinning the I, not the we.