How Should We Live?: An Introduction to Ethics

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Cengage Learning, Aug 3, 2004 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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Louis Pojman's new HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? is a concise and engaging text that offers a provocative discussion of the central questions and theories in moral philosophy. Crafted by one of contemporary philosophy's most gifted teachers, it begins with a poignant meditation on Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES, a starting point for an eye-opening examination of central metaethical concepts such as relativism, objectivism, egoism, and whether or not religion is a necessity for morality. From there Pojman presents with even-handed consideration and in a readily accessible style the three most seminal ethical theories: utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue-based ethics. The book's discussion culminates with a very timely exploration of the grounds for human rights in today's increasingly global society.
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We used this as our Textbook for an introduction to Ethics. Our college could have selected much better reading material.

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This is the text they use at St. Edward's New College for their introduction to ethics course. It is great for such a purpose. The writing is clear, accessible, and quite colorful. I'd also recommend this one to non-philosophers who want to learn about ethics. I think you'll enjoy it! Read full review

Contents

Why Should I Be Moral? Is the Good Good for You?
19
Whos to Judge? Ethical Relativism
47
The Case for Ethical Objectivism
65
Religion and Ethics
89
Utilitarianism
107
Deontological Ethics Intuitionism and Kantian Ethics
137
VirtueBased Ethical Theory
165
Human Rights
193
How Should We Live?
209
Glossary
213
Index
220
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Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

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