Everyday Ethics: Inspired Solutions to Real-Life Dilemmas

Everyday Ethics: Inspired Solutions to Real-Life Dilemmas

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Overview

“The perfect handbook for understanding what constitutes moral relations with friends, enemies, and one’s own self.”
—Booklist

In an age when most of us spend more time thinking about what movie we’ll see than about how we want to lead our lives, nothing could be more timely and helpful than Everyday Ethics. In this refreshingly original book, Joshua Halberstam shows us how to develop a moral imagination—and have fun while doing it.

Halberstam demolishes the clichés of both religion and psychotherapy and entices us into looking at the small actions that make up the big picture of our character and values. Should we really refrain from making judgments? Should we let our conscience be our guide even if it urges us not to pay our taxes? Halberstam has something intriguing to say about these and many other issues. Witty and entertaining, Everyday Ethics is the moral equivalent of an aerobic dance session, as exhilarating as it is instructive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140165586
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1994
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,181,834
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joshua Halberstam, Ph.D., divides his workday between teaching moral philosophy and directing marketing campaigns and managerial programs for a number of well-known companies. A frequent guest on "Oprah," he currently teaches philosophy at Columbia University. He is also the author of several other books, including Schmoozing and Everyday Ethics.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Part I. The Morality of Relationships
1. Friends and Foes
Do You Like Your Friends?
Are Your Friendships Mutual?
Are You Friends at a Distance?
Special Friends
When a Friendship Is Over
Enemies
A Final Word on Hatred

2. The Morality of Romance (and a Bit about Sex)
Romance
And a Bit about Sex

3. Creeps and Saints
The Philosophy of Creephood
The Traits of Creephood
When the Saints Come Marchin' In
Your Saintly Habits

Part II. The Morality of Expression and Emotion
4. Talk
Conversation: The Three Levels of Talk
Head-Talk Versus Heart-Talk
Argument: Look Who's Talking
The Principle of Falsifiability
The Closed-System Trap

5. Emotions
The Seven Deadly Sins Revisited
Emotions and Character
Green with Envy
Taking Control of Your Emotions

Part III. The Morality of Making Judgments
Making Judgments: An Introductory Comment
6. Judging Yourself
Stop Squeezing Every Pimple on Your Personality
You Are Your Convictions
Moral Guilt
Moral Pride

7. Judging Others
Who Are You to Judge?
Three Common Evasions
Moral Projection: You Believe What You Are
You Can't Read People Like a Book
Judging Others: The Method

8. Judging the Issues
The Background: Three Confusions About Moral Judgment
The Process: Cherish the Controversy
The Courage of Your Convictions

Part IV. The Integrity of Your Values
9. Nine Misleading Moral Clichés (and Their Cures)
What Goes Around Comes Around
Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
All's Fair in Love and War
All Religions Teach the Same Basic Moral Truths
Natural is Morally Better
Love Humanity
There are Two Sides to Every Moral Issue
You Are Responsible for Your Disease
Moral Values Can't Be Taught

10. The Value of Your Values
Reevaluating: What Do You Want?
Instrumental and Intrinsic Goods
Invent Your Future, Reinvent Your Past
The Pluralism of Ideals
On the Virtue of Being Confused
Who Is Leading Your Life?

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