How are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-interest

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Prometheus Books, 1995 - Philosophy - 262 pages
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"Is there still anything worth living for? Is anything worth pursuing, apart from money, love, and caring for one's own family?"

Internationally known social philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer has an answer to these and other questions in this compelling new volume. "If we can detach ourselves from our own immediate preoccupations and look at the world as a whole and our place in it, there is something absurd about the idea that people should have trouble finding something to live for."

Singer suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often avoid the trap of meaninglessness, finding a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing than those people whose goals are narrower and more self-centered. He spells out what he means by an ethical approach to life, and shows that it can bring about significant and far-reaching changes to one's life.

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Contents

What in the hell are we doing this for?
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A failing social experiment 22 The loss of community
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JeanJacques Rousseau or Adam Smith? 38 Living on
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About the author (1995)

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

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