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Good Life : Alternatives in Ethics
     

Good Life : Alternatives in Ethics

by Burton F. Porter
 

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The Good Life contains an exposition and critique of the various ideals in living that have been advocated by major philosophers and schools of thought. In addition, the ethical problems of egoism, determinism, and relativism are explained and evaluated in both their classic Greek form and in the deconstruction of post-modernism. The ideals that are discussed

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The Good Life contains an exposition and critique of the various ideals in living that have been advocated by major philosophers and schools of thought. In addition, the ethical problems of egoism, determinism, and relativism are explained and evaluated in both their classic Greek form and in the deconstruction of post-modernism. The ideals that are discussed include hedonism as described by the Cyrenaics and Epicureans, and the Utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill; the naturalistic ethic of the Stoics, the Transcendentalists, the evolutionists, and the back-to-nature movement; the biblical ethic of Judaism and Christianity as well as the Eastern religions of Confucianism and Buddhism; and the Kantian ideal of duty and virtue ethics, including feminist theory. To illuminate various conceptions of the good life, multiple examples are drawn from contemporary life, including the abortion issue, racism, capital punishment, and multiculturalism.

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Practical Philosophy
A handy overview of moral theory. It is one of the strengths of the book that many different resources are drawn upon. Given the amount of material he tries to cover within a relatively modest compass, he sets himself the goal of achieving brevity without sacrificing clarity, and in this he is successful.
Booknews
A compact and readable but fairly encyclopedic discussion of ethical thought by the dean of arts and sciences at Western New England College. It surveys ethical questions and theories thematically, including determinism, relativism, hedonism, religion, and more. Unfortunately, the self-satisfaction of the author's assumptions and conclusions make it more a catechism than an inquiry into the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742502017
Publisher:
Ardsley House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
3rd Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Burton F. Porter is professor of philosophy at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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