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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
In this landmark work, a leading philosopher demonstrates the revolutionary
power of honor in ending human suffering. Long neglected as an engine of
reform, honor strikingly emerges at the center of our modern world in Kwame
Anthony Appiah's The Honor Code . Over the last few centuries, new democratic
movements have led to the emancipation of women, slaves, and the oppressed. But
what drove these modern changes, Appiah argues, was not imposing legislation
from above, but harnessing the ancient power of honor from within. In gripping
detail, he explores the end of the duel in aristocratic England, the tumultuous
struggles over footbinding in nineteenth-century China, and the uprising of
ordinary people against Atlantic slavery. Finally, he confronts the horrors of
"honor killing" in contemporary Pakistan, where rape victims are murdered by
their relatives. He argues that honor, used to justify the practice, can also
be the most effective weapon against it. Intertwining philosophy and historical
narrative, Appiah has created a remarkably dramatic work, which demonstrates
that honor is the driving force in the struggle against man's inhumanity to man.