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Great Traditions in Ethics

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New to ethical theory? No problem. GREAT TRADITIONS IN ETHICS-the standard historical anthology for introducing ethical theory-makes it easy to explore the many primary sources that contribute to the canon of ethical theory. Chapter introductions provide biographical, historical, and theoretical contexts, and classic reading selections are supplemented by comments that wil ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Cengage Learning (first published 1992)
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Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the first edition (1953) with 362 pages. It would be interesting to read the latest edition with their revisions and added chapters.

The book focuses on the fundamental question of what is good and what constitutes the moral life, and later on moves towards the theoretical definition of goodness and how the study of ethics can cultivate "autonomy of mind" or simply to be able to think for one's self.

It samples well-focused texts complete with supplementary reading selections (a list of cha
Lauren Tiede
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive review of the great white male philosophical thinkers; ending at about 1960ish. For someone interested in philosophy, not too dry and easy to read.
Aaron Records
For what it is made for, I think this is a quality textbook for an ethics course that heavily discusses theory rather than application. I found myself wishing that the editors wrote more descriptive intros to each chapter and discussed at least some applied ethics, but they only do so in the appendix. I did learn a lot from the book, but I also liked reading Michael Sandel's Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? far more because it discussed how the philosophy of people like John Rawls and Aris ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Well chosen excerpts from great and notable philosophers.
Jeff Rudisel
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, philosophy
I read the Fourth Edition 1980,
I took Ethics at ISU.
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