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Moral Literacy or How to Do the Right Thing

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A great resource for beginning ethics courses. The book is short and yet it richly embodies the methods of ethical thinking about practical moral problems that are hard for students to learn unless they see them in action. McGinn perspicuously sets out a small set of basic principles and then attacks the problems of our treatment of animals, abortion, sex, censorship, and ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published January 1st 1992)
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While not as logically compelling as I had hoped it would be, this thin volume does present a program for living and demonstrates how to make choices. The author's choices won't convince everyone, however. He approaches seven subjects: Animals, Abortion, Violence, Sex, Drugs, Censorship, and Virtue. Still, it is fascinating and important to read a discussion of ethics that doesn't derive from religion. For that it is certainly worthwhile.
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Colin McGinn is a British philosopher currently working at the University of Miami. McGinn has also held major teaching positions at Oxford University and Rutgers University. He is best known for his work in the philosophy of mind, though he has written on topics across the breadth of modern philosophy. Chief among his works intended for a general audience is the intellectual memoir The Making of ...more
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