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The good life : options in ethics

Author: Burton F Porter
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Porter, Burton Frederick.
Good life.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2010
(DLC) 2009019893
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Burton F Porter
ISBN: 9780742565449 0742565440 0742565424 9780742565425 0742565432 9780742565432 9786612496783 6612496789
OCLC Number: 647874193
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 265 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; Chapter 1. THE NATURE OF ETHICS; Chapter 2. FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM; Chapter 3. THE CHALLENGE OF RELATIVISM; Chapter 4. HEDONISM AS THE GOOD; Chapter 5. SELF-REALIZATION; Chapter 6. FOLLOWING NATURE; Chapter 7. EVOLUTIONISM; Chapter 8. THE ETHIC OF DUTY; Chapter 9. THE TEACHINGS OF RELIGION; Chapter 10. VIRTUE ETHICS; Chapter 11. EXISTENTIALISM; A DICTIONARY OF ETHICAL TERMS; NOTES; INDEX; ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
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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