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Martial Virtues: Lessons in Wisdom, Courage, and Compassion from the World's Greatest Warriors Hardcover – January 10, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804840237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804840231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Hackney, Ph.D. has been a student of the martial arts since 1995, with a background that includes Hapkido, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Fiore dei Liberi Armizare. He has a doctorate in psychology and is currently a psychology professor at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. VINE VOICE on May 5, 2010
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Martial Virtues is a comprehensive look into the universal character traits of the true warrior. Dr. Hackney obviously believes, as do I, that there is much more involved in being a true warrior than simply learning specific martial arts techniques. In this book, Dr. Hackney takes an academic approach to proving his beliefs that being a true warrior involves specific character traits. As you would expect from a psychology professor, Dr. Hackney delves into specific theories from both the Western world and Eastern traditions in order to come to his conclusion that there has to be universal warrior virtues which make the true warrior who he or she truly is. He discusses theories from Plato to the Enlightenment philosophers, and from the samurai and ninja masters to Alasdair MacIntyer. His research is very impressive to say the least.

Dr. Hackney approaches the subject in the manner that a scientist would approach his science experiment. He researched the different warrior cultures from both the Western world and the Eastern world and systematically listed the martial virtues from the different warrior cultures, after which he cross-referenced his findings to see exactly which virtues these cultures had in common. In the third chapter, he list these virtues by philosophy or specific culture. You will find these lists extremely interesting if you are like me and love to explore the wisdom and character traits which compose the true warrior. As those who have read my books already know, I have argued many times that someone is not a true warrior if he or she lack the necessary character traits which truly make one a superior human being. Martial Virtues proves that warrior cultures throughout the ages have shared my belief and he proves it in a systematic way with many primary sources. Dr.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JP on September 12, 2010
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This book caught my attention while browsing through the bookshelves of Barnes & Nobles. Ordinarily I do not purchase a book unless I've already read it and think it worthy of my library collection. However, since the title stroke a chord in my understanding of the martial arts, I was willing to gamble and purchase the book without having read it. Boy was it a catch! This book fascinated me from beginning to end. This is not your ordinary "yadi, yadi, yada" regarding the martial arts. Obviously the author gave this subject an in depth thought before writing this book. It was a bit academic, something I can readily forgive the author since he is a college professor. Nonetheless, it is quite a clear and non-pedantic treaties on what the author thinks is moral virtue as it applies to the life of a warrior. He gathers information from western and eastern traditions and extrapolates their common denominator, from which, he went in depth describing and analyzing these virtues. Namely, he discussed the virtue of wisdom, courage, justice, temperance, and benevolence in the life of a warrior. Although this book is specifically tailored to those who are engaged in the warrior arts, upon reading it you will quickly find out it is applicable to living a joyful life regardless of one's undertakings. In essence it serves as a tool to help us navigate through a life that can be very complex, frightful, and at times meaningless. You will not necessarily agree with the author at all points, since I was not in agreement with all of his views, but you will enjoy having these inward disagreements since they arise inward discussions and reasonings that can help clarify your own stance on an issue and hence develop your own moral character. Originally, I was thinking of giving this book four stars for its content, but I decided to give it five stars because of the sheer effort and boldness the author puts in this book. You'll readily see this upon reading it. So go ahead and read it!
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An excellent book that any martial artist should read. Morality and discipline has always been part martial arts and to have these principles collected and laid out in an organized and interesting manner. This book should be used as a reference to any martial artist and even non-martial arts, all that's required is a desire to uphold honorable virtues and to do the right thing.
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