Ethics for Everyone: How to Increase Your Moral Intelligence

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Ethics for Everyone

Is it always wrong to lie? Is it always right to try to help another person? Are you bound to keep every promise you make? In Ethics for Everyone: How to Increase Your Moral Intelligence, you'll find out how well you make moral choices and learn how to increase your ability to understand and analyze ethical dilemmas. This sensible, practical guide provides thoughtful-and sometimes surprising-answers to tough real-world ...

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Overview

Ethics for Everyone

Is it always wrong to lie? Is it always right to try to help another person? Are you bound to keep every promise you make? In Ethics for Everyone: How to Increase Your Moral Intelligence, you'll find out how well you make moral choices and learn how to increase your ability to understand and analyze ethical dilemmas. This sensible, practical guide provides thoughtful-and sometimes surprising-answers to tough real-world questions. You'll sort through dozens of tricky ethical issues with the help of:
* Twenty-one dramatic true stories showing real-life ethics in action- and you are asked to make ethical choices
* A personal ethics quiz to determine your own ethical potential
* Harm and benefits assessments of various courses of action
* Expert opinions from spiritual leaders, counselors, attorneys, psychologists, and other experts

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* There are no cut-and-dried answers to the big ethical problems, says Dobrin, a Hofstra University professor and an active participant in the Ethical Humanist movement for more than 30 years, but discussing the issues can give better insight into what's right. After a mercifully brief discussion of various ethical systems, Dobrin sets out some typical ethical quandaries for readers to analyze, helping them establish their own moral IQ. Homework over, readers can relax and follow Dobrin and his guest experts as they navigate a series of provocative moral dilemmas. Should his father consent to heart surgery for his mother if she's succumbing quickly to Alzheimer's? Should an all-boy athletic team have the right to exclude a girl? Should the West Pointer resign rather than betray his friend or the school's honor code? Many readers will have encountered some of these dilemmas themselves, but other situations will be new. Dobrin's willingness to see all sides will encourage readers to think broadly as well; retaking the preliminary quiz at the end of the book, many will find their own ethical perspectives more nuanced and satisfying. This compelling volume and Randy Cohen's The Good, the Bad and the Difference (reviewed on p. 87) should both hit responsive chords with the ethically questing. But if Cohen is "everyday ethics" (going back on a job offer; senior discounts), Dobrin, while just as accessive, leans toward big-time ethics (assisting a Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer to commit suicide; telling an adopted child about his or her birth parents). (Apr.)
Forecast: The budget cover price and a user-friendly format make this an ideal choice for any ethics-oriented reading group. ( Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2002)
Publishers Weekly
There are no cut-and-dried answers to the big ethical problems, says Dobrin, a Hofstra University professor and an active participant in the Ethical Humanist movement for more than 30 years, but discussing the issues can give better insight into what's right. After a mercifully brief discussion of various ethical systems, Dobrin sets out some typical ethical quandaries for readers to analyze, helping them establish their own moral IQ. Homework over, readers can relax and follow Dobrin and his guest experts as they navigate a series of provocative moral dilemmas. Should his father consent to heart surgery for his mother if she's succumbing quickly to Alzheimer's? Should an all-boy athletic team have the right to exclude a girl? Should the West Pointer resign rather than betray his friend or the school's honor code? Many readers will have encountered some of these dilemmas themselves, but other situations will be new. Dobrin's willingness to see all sides will encourage readers to think broadly as well; retaking the preliminary quiz at the end of the book, many will find their own ethical perspectives more nuanced and satisfying. This compelling volume and Randy Cohen's The Good, the Bad and the Difference (reviewed on p. 87) should both hit responsive chords with the ethically questing. But if Cohen is "everyday ethics" (going back on a job offer; senior discounts), Dobrin, while just as accessive, leans toward big-time ethics (assisting a Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer to commit suicide; telling an adopted child about his or her birth parents). (Apr.) Forecast: The budget cover price and a user-friendly format make this an ideal choice for any ethics-oriented reading group. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Suggesting that moral intelligence should be measured by a person's ability to reason about moral dilemmas, Dobrin (humanities, Hofstra U.) explores the sort of moral problems that may face the regular person in life and briefly examines the pertinent ethical theory. His approach relies on prompting the reader to question their beliefs and their probable actions. He discusses ethical dilemmas in dealing with family and friends, then in relation to the wider world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471435952
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 556,831
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR DOBRIN, D.S.W., is the Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. He is Professor of Humanities at Hofstra University, where he teaches courses in comparative religious ethics, personal ethics, and moral development. He has appeared as a guest on CNN and has been featured in Time magazine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART ONE: ETHICS MATTERS.

1 Everyday Ethics.

2 The Basics.

3 A Little Theory.

4 Ethical Judgments.

5 Finding a Way to Decide.

PART TWO: YOUR MORAL INTELLIGENCE.

6 Improving Your Moral IQ.

PART THREE: ETHICS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS: BEING ETHICAL TO THOSE CLOSEST TO ME.

7 Should I Always Keep a Confidence?

8 Should I Stop Someone from Hurting Himself?

9 What Does Personal Loyalty Require of Me?

10 Is It Right for Me to Use Someone to Make My Point?

11 Is Life Always Worth Living?

12 Do I Reveal a Secret If I Think It Helps?

13 Is It Moral for Me to Help Someone Commit Suicide?

14 Does My Child Have the Right to Privacy?

15 Should I Compete against Friends?

16 What Do I Owe an Elderly Parent?

17 How Do I Know What Is Fair?

PART FOUR: ETHICS IN THE WORLD.

18 How Long Must I Keep a Promise?

19 Can the Ends Justify the Means I Use?

20 Is It Ever Right for Me to Discriminate?

21 Is It Moral for Me to Take Advantage of a Technicality?

22 Should My Personal Values Stay at Home?

23 What Should I Do with Money I Find?

24 Should I Be Free to Choose All My Associations?

25 Does It Matter What I Buy?

26 Do I Confront People about Their Habitsor What They Wear?

27 How Responsible Should I Be?

Afterword.

Selected Bibliography.

The Interviewees.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Read for a class in ethics

    Like another reviewer, I used this text in the author's online course at B&N University. It is a real find in terms of its realistic discussions of case scenarios of actual problems and its quotes from interviews with other thinkers on the issues, rather than just the the author's take on the problems. The only criticism I had was the choice of the experts. It was difficult to understand what criteria the author used to gauge their expertise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    A Practical Approach

    This is a book that supplies more examples than just 'what it is' when dealing with ethics. There is so much here that occurs in important decisions either we or our friends and relatives encounter regularly, that I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a dialogue with another person, or a group of people. It especially lends itself to group discussion. As a teacher, I borrowed from 'Ethics for Everyone' to bring out something from each of my students in discussion--including the 'quiet ones.' It's not necessarily that it's a textbook, it was not written that way, but it can be a text or just good reading for thinking and kicking it around with your friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    Everyday Ethics - B&N university

    This was a featured book in the Liberal Arts course on Everyday Ethics, a free course in B&N University. This was a 5 week course of 8 lessons where we explored ethics in everyday life. We looked at the schools of ethics, and used those different schools to show how we make decisions every day from small to large. The book is very engaging, entertaining, and interesting to read. Every ethic study should include this material as a foundation work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    It makes you think

    This book is filled with a general introduction to practical ethical questions and with real-life scenarios about which you are asked the ethical thing to do. After you have pondered each scenario, you are presented with a discussion of the issues and both the author's reactions and that of at least one other person. Whether you come to the same conclusions as the author or not, the scenarios are excellent tools to make you think and the book is well worth reading and serious study.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    ethics 101

    AN excellent introduction to ethics. Prior to this book, the only books on ethics I had ever read were in the university setting. I enjoyed and learned more from this book than any I had ever read in school. The book begins with an introduction followed by case studies in ethics. As with all books, you will only get out of this, that which you put into this book. If you truly read the case studies, take positions and then reflect back on those positions (after reading the discussion), I truly believe you will grow into a more ethically oriented individual...

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