How Are We to Live?

How Are We to Live? : Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest

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'Imagine that you could choose a book that everyone in the world would read. My choice would be this book.' Roger Crisp, Ethics Many people have an uneasy feeling that they may be missing out on something basic that would give their lives a significance it currently lacks. But how should we live? What is there to stop us behaving selfishly? In a highly readable account which makes reference to a wide variety of sources and everyday issues, Peter Singer suggests that the conventional pursuit of self-interest is individually and collectively self-defeating. Taking into consideration the beliefs of Jesus, Kant, Rousseau, and Adam Smith amongst others, he looks at a number of different cultures, including America, Japan, and the Aborigines to assess whether or not selfishness is in our genes and how we may find greater satisfaction in an ethical lifestyle.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192892959
  • 9780192892959
  • 611,280

Table of contents

1. The ultimate choice ; 2. 'What's in it for me?' ; 3. Using up the world ; 4. How we came to be living this way ; 5. Is selfishness in our genes? ; 6. How the Japanese live ; 7. Tit for Tat ; 8. Living ethically ; 9. The nature of ethics ; 10. Living to some purpose ; 11. The good life ; Notes ; Indexshow more

About Peter Singer

Peter Singer is currently Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director of the Institute of Ethics and Public Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University, Melbourne.show more

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highly successful. it tackles questions of the first importance, it is immensely readable - being packed with anecdotes and illustrations - and it forces its readers to reflect on how they live their lives * Journal of Applied Philosophy * Imagine that you could choose a book that everyone in the world would read. My choice would be this book. * Roger Crisp, Ethics *show more

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