The Moral Life

The Moral Life : A Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature

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The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature, 2/e, brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-two classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy in an innovative way, Editor Louis P. Pojman uses literary works to enliven and make concrete the ethical theory or applied issues addressed in each chapter. These works lead students into philosophical concepts and issues such as relativism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, the meaning of life, freedom, sex, love and marriage, and environmental ethics. Once introduced, these topics are developed further through readings by philosophers. This unique anthology emphasizes the personal dimension of ethics, which is often ignored or minimized in ethics texts. This second edition offers several new literary selections and a new chapter on justice and the threat of terrorism that includes material from the Old Testament--in which the equivalent of a jihad occurs--followed by philosophical analyses by Martha Nussbaum and Louis P. Pojman. Featuring expanded part and chapter introductions as well as biographical sketches, abstracts, and study questions for each reading selection, The Moral Life, 2/e is ideal for introductory ethics courses.show more

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  • Paperback | 1004 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 35.56mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1 line drawing
  • 0195166086
  • 9780195166088
  • 2,005,130

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Each chapter ends with Further Readings; -=NEW TO THIS EDITION; Preface; Introduction; PART I. THE NATURE OF MORALITY: GOOD AND EVIL; 1. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MORALITY?; William Golding, Lord of the Flies: A Moral Allegory; Louis P. Pojman, On the Nature and Purpose of Morality: Reflections on William Golding's Lord of the Flies; Thomas Hobbes; 2. GOOD AND EVIL; Herman Melville; Fyodor Dostoevsky; William Styron; - Kevin Bales; Philip Hallie; Stanley Benn; Friedrich Nietzsche; Richard Taylor; 3. IS EVERYTHING RELATIVE?; Herodotus; Ruth Benedict; Louis P. Pojman; Jean Bethke Elshtain; Henrick Ibsen; PART II. MORAL THEORIES AND MORAL CHARACTER; 4. UTILITARIANISM; Jeremy Bentham; Kai Nielsen; Bernard Williams; Ursula Le Guin; Aldous Huxley; 5. DEONTOLOGICAL ETHICS; Immanuel Kant; W. D. Ross; - R. M. MacIver; Richard Whatley; Ambrose Bierce; Charles Fried; - Susan Glaspell; - Plato; Thomas Nagel; 6. VIRTUE ETHICS; Victor Hugo; Aristotle; Bernard Mayo; Nathaniel Hawthorne; William Frankena; 7. VIRTUES AND VICES; Jesus of Nazareth; Leo Tolstoy, How Much Land Does a Man Need?: Greed; Immanuel Kant; Martin Gansberg; Helen Keller, Three Days to See: Gratitude; Epictetus and Others; - Plutarch, In Consolation to His Wife: Equanimity; Vice Admiral James Stockdale; The Story of David and Bathsheba: Lust; Leo Tolstoy; Bertrand Russell; Charles Colson, The Volunteer at Auschwitz: Altruism; PART III. MORAL ISSUES; 8. ETHICS AND EGOISM: WHY SHOULD WE BE MORAL?; Plato; - Ayn Rand; Louis P. Pojman; - James Rachels; 9. DOES LIFE HAVE MEANING?; - Voltaire; Epicurus; Albert Camus; Lois Hope Walker; Viktor Frankl, The Human Search for Meaning: Reflections on Auschwitz; Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha; Robert Nozick; 10. FREEDOM, AUTONOMY, AND SELF-RESPECT; Martin Luther King, Jr; - Maya Angelou; Stanley Milgram; Jean-Paul Sartre; Thomas E. Hill, Jr; - John Benson; - Kurt Vonnegut; PART IV. APPLIED ETHICS: MORAL PROBLEMS; 11. SEX, LOVE, AND MARRIAGE; John Barth; Immanuel Kant; John McMurtry, Monogamy: A Critique; Michael D. Bayles Marriage, Love, and Procreation: A Critique of McMurtry; Bonnie Steinbock; - C. S. Lewis; Hugh LaFollette; 12. IS ABORTION MORALLY PERMISSIBLE?; John T. Noonan, Jr; Mary Anne Warren; Jane English, The Moderate Position: Beyond the Personhood Argument; 13. SUBSTANCE ABUSE: DRUGS AND ALCOHOL; John Stuart Mill; Gore Vidal; William Bennett; Yoshida Kenko; Bonnie Steinbock; 14. OUR DUTIES TO ANIMALS; George Orwell; Immanuel Kant; Peter Singer, Animal Liberation: All Animals Are Equal; Carl Cohen; 15. OUR DUTIES TO THE ENVIRONMENT; Sophocles; Robert Heilbroner; Garrett Hardin; William F. Baxter, People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution; 16. INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE AND THE THREAT OF TERRORISM; - Joshua and the Destruction of Jericho and Ai; - Martha Nussbaum; - Louis P. Pojmanshow more

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