In Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century , published in , Glover considers the psychological factors that predispose us to commit barbaric acts, and suggests how man-made moral traditions and the cultivation of moral imagination can work to restrain us from a ruthlessly selfish treatment of others. Gaining greater understanding of the monsters within us, he argues, is part of the process of caging and containing them. He allows that religion has provided bulwarks, which are getting eroded. He identifies three types of bulwark. The two more dependable are sympathy and respect for human dignity.
The less dependable third is Moral Identity: "I belong to a kind of person who would not do that sort of thing". This third is less dependable because notions of moral identity can themselves be warped, as was done by the Nazis. Husbands, wives, lovers, parents, children and friends all blur the boundaries of selfish concern.
Francis Bacon rightly said that people with children have given hostages to fortune. Inescapably, other forms of friendship and love hold us hostage too Narrow self-interest is destabilized.
In , the European Commission hired Glover to head a panel on embryo research and assisted reproduction. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Retrieved 21 February Nor is it easy to see the moral slippage that ended in genocide beginning with the much-maligned figure of Nietzsche. Glover blames him for liberating Nazi Germans from the constraints of " Judeo-Christian morality " but, in earlier times, the Bible hardly inhibited the practitioners of slavery or European imperialism from inflicting massive human suffering wherever they went.
And what has Nietzsche got to do with the Armenian genocide? The Sunday Times.
The Robust Demands of the Good. Messy Morality.
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