"Like fire and secrecy," writes Martin Benjamin, "compromise is both indispensable and dangerous to civilized life." Using wide-ranging examples drawn from current debates--including a variety of important medical and bioethical cases--he explores the surprisingly rich and complex notion of compromise and integrity in ethics and politics. He tackles tough questions--how practical and theoretical ethics are related, what compromise means for ethical theory, how compromise is a matter of judgment, and whether it is possible to compromise without being compromised. In the final chapter he explores the possibility of political compromise in a matter of great ethical significance--abortion.
The author relies on contemporary documents, newspapers published by the prisoners, and extensive interviews with former prisoners and American citizens to detail the lives of German POWs in Utah and their experiences after the War. As politics is the art of compromise, principled integrity is at the heart of ethics. Benjamin (philosophy, Michigan State U.) explores the concepts of compromise and integrity, with particular concern for the implications of compromise in theoretical and practical ethics. His illustrative examples are drawn from current controversies, including abortion and other medical and bio-ethical cases. Cloth edition (unseen), $22.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)