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The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Brief yet thorough and affordably priced, The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems is ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems. Featuring thirty-nine readings divided into four parts--Value Theory, Normative Ethics, Metaethics, and Moral Problems--it introduces students to ethical theory and a wide range of moral i ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Michelle Johnson
This is a nice companion to Shafer-Landau's Fundamentals Of Ethics book. The Ethical Life contains short writings from theorists such as Epicurus, Mill, Plato, Kant, Hobbes, Rand and others. The last section covers modern day "moral problems" including abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, animal rights and the environment, along with drugs and terrorism. While Shafer-Landau's "Fundamentals" explains the theories, It's nice to be able to refer to the actual theorist's writings in this book...... ...more
Andrew Calderon
A complete and well organized anthology, comprised of the most prominent ethical theories of our time. It is an integral compilation of theories from philosophers, writers, social scientists and more. If you are expecting to pick up this book and know the answer to the question "what is an ethical life?", brace yourself. You will most likely close the pages with more questions than answers.
Taymaz Azimi
With or without reading the side book "Fundamentals of Ethics", it can be a very helpful selection of texts concerning different areas from every day moral problems to meta-ethical dilemmas.
Excellent compilation of essays discussing modern issues in applied ethics. I especially appreciated the essays on the moral permissibility of abortion and adultery/open marriage.
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