Ethics: The Essential Writings

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In Ethics: The Essential Writings, philosopher Gordon Marino skillfully presents an accessible, provocative anthology of both ancient and modern classics on matters moral. The philosophers represent 2,500 years of thought—from Plato, Kant, and Nietzsche to Alasdair MacIntyre, Susan Wolf, and Peter Singer—and cover a broad range of topics, from the timeless questions of justice, morality, and faith to the hot-button concerns of today, such as animal rights, our duties to the environment, and gender issues. ...

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In Ethics: The Essential Writings, philosopher Gordon Marino skillfully presents an accessible, provocative anthology of both ancient and modern classics on matters moral. The philosophers represent 2,500 years of thought—from Plato, Kant, and Nietzsche to Alasdair MacIntyre, Susan Wolf, and Peter Singer—and cover a broad range of topics, from the timeless questions of justice, morality, and faith to the hot-button concerns of today, such as animal rights, our duties to the environment, and gender issues. Featuring an illuminating preamble, concise introductory essays on the giants of ethical theory, and incisive chapter headnotes to the modern offerings, this Modern Library edition is a perfect single-volume reference for students, teachers, and anyone eager to engage in reflection on ethical questions, including “What is the basis for our ethical views and judgments?”
 
Gordon Marino is professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. A recipient of the Richard J. Davis Ethics Award for excellence in writing on ethics and the law, he is the author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, and editor of the Modern Library’s Basic Writings of Existentialism. His essays have appeared in The New York Times.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812977783
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Series: Modern Library Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 287,586
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Gordon Marino ix

Part I From Plato to Kierkegaard

1 Euthyphro, Crito, and The Republic: Book II Plato 3

2 Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle 43

3 The Enchiridion Epictetus 85

4 City of God: Book XIX St. Augustine 107

5 Summa Theologica: Question XCIV St. Thomas Aquinas 119

6 Leviathan: Part I. Of Man; Part II. Of Commonwealth Thomas Hobbes 134

7 An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals David Hume 149

8 Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals Immanuel Kant 188

9 Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill 225

10 Parerga and Paralipomena Arthur Schopenhauer 256

11 On the Genealogy of Morality Friedrich Nietzsche 274

12 The Sickness Unto Death: Part II Søren Kierkegaard 299

Part II The Moderns

13 Anthropology and the Abnormal Ruth Benedict 309

14 Trying Out One's New Sword Mary Midgley 321

15 Existentialism and Human Emotion Jean-Paul Sartre 328

16 From Cruelty to Goodness Philip Hallie 333

17 The Disparity Between Intellect and Character Robert Coles 350

18 Letter from a Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 356

19 A Theory of Justice John Rawls 378

20 After Virtue Alasdair MacIntyre 396

21 Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education Nel Noddings 424

22 Mortal Questions Thomas Nagel 445

23 Moral Saints Susan Wolf 462

24 A Sand County Almanac: The Land Ethic Aldo Leopold 486

25 Rich and Poor Peter Singer 506

26 The Case for Animal Rights Tom Regan 530

27 Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands Michael Walzer 545

28 A Defense of Abortion Why Abortion is Immoral Judith Jarvis Don Marquis 567

Acknowledgments 607

Permission Credits 609

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