The Moral Life

The Moral Life : An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature

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Featuring new selections chosen by coeditor Lewis Vaughn, the third edition of Louis P. Pojman's The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-one classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy in an innovative way, the book uses literary works to enliven and make concrete the ethical theory or applied issues addressed in each chapter. Literary works by Camus, Hawthorne, Hugo, Huxley, Ibsen, Le Guin, Melville, Orwell, Styron, Tolstoy, and many others lead students into such philosophical concepts and issues as relativism; utilitarianism; virtue ethics; the meaning of life; freedom and autonomy; sex, love, and marriage; animal rights; and terrorism. Once introduced, these topics are developed further through readings by philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nozick, Singer, and Sartre. This unique anthology emphasizes the personal dimension of ethics, which is often ignored or minimized in ethics texts. It also incorporates chapter introductions, study questions, suggestions for further reading, and biographical sketches of the writers. The third edition brings the collection up-to-date, adding selections by Jane English, William Frankena, Don Marquis, John Stuart Mill, Mary Midgley, Thomas Nagel, Judith Jarvis Thomson, and J.O. Urmson. It also features a new chapter on euthanasia with essays by Dan W. Brock, J. Gay-Williams, and James Rachels. Ideal for introductory ethics courses, The Moral Life, Third Edition, also provides an engaging gateway into personal and social ethics for general readers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1024 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 35.6mm | 816.48g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 0195308514
  • 9780195308518

Table of contents

*=NEW TO THIS EDITION; EACH CHAPTER ENDS WITH FURTHER READINGS; 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; * Mary Midgley; Henrick Ibsen; PART II. MORAL THEORIES AND MORAL CHARACTER; 4. UTILITARIANISM; Jeremy Bentham; * John Stuart Mill; Kai Nielsen; Bernard Williams; Ursula Le Guin; Aldous Huxley; 5. DEONTOLOGICAL ETHICS; Immanuel Kant; * William K. Frankena; W. D. Ross; R. M. MacIver; Richard Whatley; Ambrose Bierce; Charles Fried; Plato; Thomas Nagel; 6. VIRTUE ETHICS; Victor Hugo; Aristotle; Bernard Mayo; * J.O. Urmson; 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 World of Epictetus: Courage and Endurance; Bertrand Russell; 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; 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; * Jane English; 12. IS ABORTION MORALLY PERMISSIBLE?; * Don Marquis; * Judith Jarvis Thomson; Mary Anne Warren; Jane English, The Moderate Position: Beyond the Personhood Argument; * 13. THE MORALITY OF EUTHANASIA; * Dan W. Brock; * J. Gay-Williams; * James Rachels; 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; God's Command to Destroy Jericho and Ai; Martha C. Nussbaum; Louis P. Pojman; * Thomas Nagelshow more

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