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This book reviews various sets of ethics - primarily authoritarian vs humanistic (ethics from an external authority vs coming from inside oneself). Additionally, various thinkers of the past have their stance noted - from Freud to Spinoza. Lastly, the ethical viewpoints are broken down by specific topics, such as, where does conscience come from, hate, love, and being productive as the route to happiness.
Like most psychology books, it’s not for the light listener. Even at normal speed, I needed to rewind many times to get the idea being imparted - having a dictionary handy helps too. I’m not a psychologist.
This is a very good book for people desiring to learn about ethics as a concept and as applied to today’s times, are on their own search for meaning, or merely wish to peek behind the curtain at some of the driving forces behind our choices of conscience.
The biggest impact for me was how the book broke down current societal ethics - such as the concept of selfishness - allowing me to think beyond what I’d always thought such things meant (as taught by socialization)