Encyclopedia of Ethics

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NEW - Ranging from philosophical and theoretical ethics to applied ethics, this book covers people, events, terms, ideas, works, and movements from a global perspective. This ... one-volume, A to Z reference source for students and general readers provides the working vocabulary needed to tackle the ideas of ethical thinking - especially the contemporary issues of developing a moral compass to make informed personal decisions. Included are entries on: Philosophy (character, justice, self-realization); morality (Jewish ethics, moral development, Shari'a); practical issues (medical ethics, sexual ethics, business ethics); and leading thinkers of all the world's ethical traditions (Confucius, Hildegard of Bingen, John Stuart Mill). Extensive cross referencing allows for a deeper and more thorough understanding of each topic; this volume is filled with real-world examples that make the concepts instantly relevant to today's readers. 302 pages including an extensive index and bibliography. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Read more Show Less

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When is it okay to lie? What does it mean to have a "strong moral fiber?" What forces shape a society's standards of right and wrong?

Ranging from philosophical and theoretical ethics to applied ethics, Encyclopedia of Ethics covers people, events, terms, ideas, works, and movements from a global perspective. Appropriate for high school students and general readers alike, this onevolume, AtoZ reference source provides the working vocabulary needed to tackle the ideas of ethical thinking, particularly the building of a personal moral compass and the evaluation of the laws and customs of any society or institution.

Entries are illustrated with realworld examples, such as dealing with an elderly parent's failing health or being asked to lie, and help readers clarify their own ideas and evaluate all sides of a particular issue.

Among the topics covered are:
• Philosophy (character, justice, selfrealization)
• Morality (Jewish ethics, moral development, Shari'a)
• Practical issues (medical ethics, sexual ethics, business ethics).

The thinkers who have shaped these concepts, such as Confucius, Hildegard of Bingen, and John Stuart Mill, are all included.
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Notable for its ability to translate difficult philosophical ideas (e.g., fallacy) into language that lower-division undergraduates can grasp without compromising the complexity of the topic.
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An A-to-Z reference of people, events, terms, ideas, works, and movements drawn from the field of ethics. Cross-referenced and with abundant examples to clarify definitions, the encyclopedia uses fairly straightforward language suitable to beginning undergraduate students of ethics. Includes a selected bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Kirkus Reviews
Created to give students "a working vocabulary for the study of ethics," this vade mecum combines in a single alphabet a limited number of biographical entries with meaty, thoroughly cross-referenced discussions of traditional notions, such as "Good," "Love," and "Existentialism," and current hot topics, such as "Genetic Engineering," "Business Ethics," and "Right To Die." Each article begins with a succinct definition or summary, then goes on to evenhandedly examine conflicting positions from several angles. Non-European philosophies and perspectives are acknowledged, although not in great detail. Readers in search of specific cases to go with these broadly stated ideas will find the oblique bibliography a stumbling block, but this could serve as a compact alternative or companion to heftier tomes, such as John K. Roth's three-volume Ethics (1994). (index, not seen) (Reference. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816033119
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Facts on File Series
  • Pages: 302
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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