The Battle for Compassion

The Battle for Compassion: Ethics in an Apathetic Universe (New York: Algora Publishing, 2011) takes a sweeping, brutally honest look at such basic questions as who we are, what matters, where we are headed and what we can do about it. By synthesizing current thinking from science, philosophy and other disciplines with my own reflections on freedom, identity and morality, I encourage readers to re-think their ethical priorities and take more pragmatic approaches to shaping a gentler future for our planet. I argue that the reduction of intense suffering is our greatest ethical imperative, and that we need new kinds of ambitious, multidisciplinary initiatives to embed this ethic into our global system. Written in a clear, lively style for a general readership while deeply exploring key philosophical issues, The Battle for Compassion offers a fresh perspective on our situation as a species and where we should direct our efforts.

Nick Cooney, founder of The Humane League, author of Change of Heart, Veganomics and How To Be Great At Doing Good:

The Battle for Compassion by Jonathan LeightonThe Battle For Compassion is absolutely fantastic. I’d say it’s one of the 10-15 best non-fiction books I’ve ever read, and in terms of sheer honesty and penetration to the reality of what our existence is, quite possibly the best book I’ve ever read. It’s really astounding how it ties together different subject areas, and it’s written in a very readable way.”

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The Battle for Compassion is available in paper format from Amazon, and can be downloaded as an iBook or from eBooks.com. Larger quantities can be purchased directly from Algora Publishing.

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