Moral compass


The Quest for a Moral Compass is now out in paperback! You can read reviews of the book. And you can buy it from most bookshops, from Amazon or via my Pandaemonium bookstore. The US version of the paperback will be published later this year.


     ‘This is intellectual history in the grand manner, in the tradition of Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, written with the same clarity, accessibility and narrative verve as the master himself…We are all in Kenan Malik’s debt. This is a majestic and timely work.’

Jonathan Sacks, The Tablet


     ‘Malik’s book is an admirable tour de force and there is little available to compare with it. Anyone with a serious interest in the history and nature of modernity and the human condition would be the poorer for not reading it.’

Jonathan Israel, New Humanist


     ‘An absolute tour de force. I can imagine it replacing Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy on many a bookshelf – certainly mine.

Tom Holland


     ‘What I love about Kenan Malik’s book is its unashamed, unabashed ambition… The result is a tour de force of lucidity and narrative skill.’

Michael Ignatieff


     ‘Several histories of philosophy aimed at the general reader have been published recently… None, however, is as on-point yet as bracingly open-minded as Kenan Malik’s elegantly written The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics.’

Miriam Cosic, The Australian


     ‘If you happen to be cogitating on the possibility of a degree course in philosophy, you must read this book. If you are not, you probably ought to read it anyway: it will do you moral good… Kenan Malik’s narrative is a terrific achievement.’

The Independent


     ‘This is an extraordinarily rewarding investigation of the most striking, and contested, aspect of our humanity… To read it is not only to be better informed but also to be more alert to the assumptions that have guided human beings in the past, and to our capacity for  goodness and wickedness.’

Raymond Tallis


     ‘The Quest for a Moral Compass is a remarkable achievement… While demonstrating genuine command of the subtleties of the hundreds of topics covered, he consistently chooses the accessible, the concise, the precise, and the broad-ranging over the technical, theoretical, and trivial. I learned more than I can say and will no doubt be consulting this book often in the future.’

Austin Dacey


     ‘This thrilling and all-encompassing history of moral thought is not to be missed’

Good Book Guide


One comment

  1. Magnificent. The comparison with Russell’s History of Western Philosophy does less than justice to both works. Thus while Russell is interested in Plato mainly because of his theory of descriptions and universals, Malik speaks directly to Euthyphro’s Dilemma, and to the tension between individual action and group identity, both of which in various forms haunt us to this day.

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