War and Peace by Willie Esterhuyse – R340
What is the meaning of moral imagination and what is its relevance in the nature/culture debate? In this book, Willie Esterhuyse examines the age-old question whether mankind naturally lusts for power and violence or whether it is an acquired behaviour. The problem is discussed from a historical and philosophical perspective and provides a profound overview of this issue ranging from antiquity to the modern Islamic State. The author is convinced that human beings possess a moral imagination which promotes the dream of peace on earth. Another possibly contentious view is that morality is a function of the brain which is influenced by a variety of inputs, especially so-called holy texts.