Defining moral courage as "the quality of mind and spirit that enables one to face up to ethical challenges firmly and confidently," Kidder, president of the Institute for Global Ethics, offers a treatise on the "courage to be moral" replete with examples and analysis. He offers a step-by-step guide, including checklists, on how to apply moral values to difficult situations, understand risks (more often career troubles and social ostracism than physical harm) and endure hardships brought on by moral courage itself. He explores how and why people can fail to be morally courageous, and ways that they can learn to behave better, offering anecdotes that range from an investment firm employee choosing to confess a potentially costly mistake to a married couple refusing to let unmarried guests sleep together, despite prevailing cultural norms. The book is weaker on the philosophical side. An extended distinction drawn between physical and moral courage ends up muddy and sometimes patronizing toward those whose courage entails only physical risk; it appears almost as if moral courage were a white-collar courage and physical courage a less exalted blue-collar sort. The analysis of how moral action and values interlock is never thoroughly convincing, since the former seems to cover almost anyone who claims to stand on principle (such as the boss who cut his workers' wages by $3 an hour), but there is enough thoughtfulness here for a substantive introduction to a worthwhile subject.
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Former Christian Science Monitor editor and author of Good People Make Tough Choices (1994), Kidder makes an eloquent, impassioned plea to instill and cultivate moral courage throughout all of our work and personal lives. Far from giving only empty words and far from offering a series of platitudes, the author promotes public and private examples of moral courage--the courage to be moral--to underscore its importance and relevance today, from the lessons of Mahatma Gandhi to the issues faced by Enron executives and whistle-blowers. His book is also far from simply a cheerleading exercise; included are clear definitions, checklists, and a prescription for teaching the principles at all ages. Finally, it is a primer for decision making; anecdotes and outlines of clear choices, for instance, between truth and loyalty, will help mindful readers determine the right actions to follow in every aspect of their lives. Barbara Jacobs
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The late Rushworth Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, wrote this among other books. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joan L. Eisenstodt
The author drawing on many years of experience including live interviews and hundreds of ethics workshops around the world has provided an excellent resource with many insights... Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Thatcher
Rushworth Kidder was the gold standard in Morals and Ethics in the world. We purchase these books and teach Moral Courage and Ethical Fitness to citizens in Memphis. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ernestine Berry Smith
The author clearly explains the concept and illustrates it with (too) many examples.
Very easy to read, without compromise on the explanations. Read more
excellent1 it really makes you stop and take a good look at yourself. I especially enjoyee the story art the end.Published on April 29, 2013 by kidder
If you are looking for a practical book on morality and applied ethics that most people can relate to, Rushworth M. Kidder's Moral Courage is an excellent choice. Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by M. Baker