Ethics in Hard Times

Ethics in Hard Times

by Arthur L. Caplan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0306407906

ISBN-13: 9780306407901

Pub. Date: 12/01/1981

Publisher: Basic Books

There is widespread agreement among large segments of western society that we are living in a period of hard times. At first glance such a belief might seem exceedingly odd. After all, persons in western society find themselves living in a time of unprecedented material abundance. Hunger and disease, evils all too familiar to the members of earlier generations,

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There is widespread agreement among large segments of western society that we are living in a period of hard times. At first glance such a belief might seem exceedingly odd. After all, persons in western society find themselves living in a time of unprecedented material abundance. Hunger and disease, evils all too familiar to the members of earlier generations, although far from eradicated from modern life, are plainly on the wane. Persons alive today can look forward to healthier, longer, and more comfortable lives than those of their grand­ parents. Nevertheless, the feeling that life today is especially difficult is rampant in government, in the media, in popular books, and in academic circles. Western society is perceived in many quarters as wracked by crises of all sorts-of faith, of power, of authority, of social turmoil, of declining quality in workmanship and products, and of a general intellectual malaise afflicting both those on the Left and the Right. A tone of crisis permeates the language of public life. Editorials in major newspapers are full of dire warnings about the dangers of unbridled egoism, avarice and greed, and the risks and horrors of pollution, overpopulation, the arms race, crime, and indulgent lifestyles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306407901
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/01/1981
Series:
The Hastings Center Series in Ethics
Pages:
312

Table of Contents

1 / Can Ethics Provide Answers?.- 2 / The Concept of Moral Standing.- 3 / Why Should We be Moral? 41.- 4 / Economic Justice in Hard Times.- 5 / Rights Versus Duties: No Contest.- 6 / Law and the Legislation of Morality.- 7 / Analytic Methods and the Ethics of Policy.- 8 / The American Pluralist Conception of Politics.- 9 / Minimalist Ethics: On the Pacification of Morality.

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