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The good life : options in ethics

Author: Burton F Porter
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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A primer in ethics focusing on ultimate aims in living as proposed throughout philosophic history. Preliminary chapters cover the relation between ethics and science, religion, and psychology, as well as the challenge of relativism and determinism. The central section explores the ethical theories of hedonism, from the Greeks to the Utilitarians; self-realization, both of the individual and of our humanness,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Porter, Burton Frederick.
Good life.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2010
(OCoLC)891470671
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Burton F Porter
ISBN: 9780742565425 0742565424 9780742565432 0742565432 9780742565449 0742565440
OCLC Number: 351307270
Description: xiii, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The nature of ethics --
Free will and determinism --
The challenge of relativism --
Hedonism as the good --
Self-realization --
Following nature --
Evolutionism --
The ethic of duty --
The teachings of religion --
Virtue ethics --
Existentialism.
Responsibility: Burton F. Porter.

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A primer in ethics focusing on ultimate aims in living as proposed throughout philosophic history. Preliminary chapters cover the relation between ethics and science, religion, and psychology, as well as the challenge of relativism and determinism. The central section explores the ethical theories of hedonism, from the Greeks to the Utilitarians; self-realization, both of the individual and of our humanness, naturalism, including the Stoics and Transcendentalists; evolutionism as presented by both Darwinand Spencer; the ethic of duty of Immanuel Kant; religious systems including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism; virtue ethics in traditional and feminist forms; and existentialism from Nietzsche to Sartre At various points, key concepts are introduced such as egoism and altruism, hard and soft determinism, deontology vs. teleology, and act and rule approaches to ethics. In addition, the "standard of reasonableness" is discussed as a means of evaluating the ethical options.

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