Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - "Morality:Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times"

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks will discuss Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times. He will be joined in conversation by Amy Chua.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

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About the book: With liberal democracy embattled, public discourse grown toxic, family life breaking down, and drug abuse and depression on the rise, many fear what the future holds. In Morality, respected faith leader and public intellectual Jonathan Sacks traces today’s crisis to our loss of a strong, shared moral code and our elevation of self-interest over the common good. We have outsourced morality to the market and the state, but neither is capable of showing us how to live. Sacks leads readers from ancient Greece to the Enlightenment to the present day to show that there is no liberty without morality and no freedom without responsibility, arguing that we must all must play our part in rebuilding a common moral foundation. A major work of moral philosophy, Morality is an inspiring vision of a world in which we can all find our place and face the future without fear.

About the author: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author, and respected moral voice. The chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations from 1991 to 2013 and the recipient of the 2016 Templeton Prize, he is the author of over thirty books, most recently Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times. Image credit: Blake-Ezra Photography.

About the interlocutor: Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After practicing on Wall Street for a few years, she joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001 and is a noted expert in the areas of foreign policy, globalization, and ethnic conflict. Chua is the bestselling author of numerous books, including World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (2002) Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance, and Why They Fall (2007); and The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America (2013). Her 2011 memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother was an international bestseller. Her latest book is Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations.

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