Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments: A Stone Reader

Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments: A Stone Reader


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From the editors of the widely influential The Stone Reader comes the most thorough and engaging guide to modern ethical thought available.

Since 2010, The Stone— an enormously popular column in the New York Times— has interpreted and reinterpreted age-old inquires that speak to our contemporary condition. Having done for modern ethics what The Stone Reader did for modern philosophy, this portable volume features an assortment of essays culled from the archives of an online Times series that has attracted millions of readers through accessible examinations of longstanding topics like consciousness, religious belief, and morality. Presenting the most thorough and accessible guide to modern ethical thought available, New York Times editor Peter Catapano and best-selling philosopher Simon Critchley curate a fascinating culture of debate and deliberation that would have otherwise gone undiscovered. From questions of gun control and drone warfare to the morals of vegetarianism and marriage, this book emancipates ethics from the province of ivory-tower classrooms to become a centerpiece of discussions for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631493997
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 428
Sales rank: 124,009
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter Catapano has been an opinion editor at The New York Times since 2005, where he has developed and edited several online series, including The Stone, Home Fires—which featured writing by US military veterans—and Anxiety, a multidimensional exploration of panic, worry and fear. He was recognized for his work in pioneering blogs and series for The New York Times with a Publisher's Award in 2008.

Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, Bowie, Memory Theatre and Suicide.

Table of Contents

Preface Peter Catapano ix

On Existence

The Meaningfulness of Lives Todd May 3

There Is No Theory of Everything Simon Critchley 8

The Light at the End of Suffering Peg O'Connor 16

Being There: Heidegger on Why Our Presence Matters Lawrence Berger 22

Against Invulnerability Todd May 28

Why Life is Absurd Rivka Weinberg 33

A Life Beyond "Do What You Love" Gordon Marino 41

On Human Nature

Evolution and Our Inner Conflict Edward O. Wilson 47

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene Roy Scranton 52

Is Pure Altruism Possible? Judith Lichtenberg 59

Moral Camouflage or Moral Monkeys? Peter Railton 64

How Should We Respond to "Evil"? Steven Paulikas 69

The Moral Logic of Survivor Guilt Nancy Sherman 74

How to Live Without Irony Christy Wampole 79

Deluded Individualism Firmin DeBrabander 85

On Morality

The Dangers of Happiness Carl Cederström 91

Are We Ready for a "Morality Pill"? Peter Singer Agata Sagan 95

Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts Justin P. McBrayer 98

Morals Without God? Frans de Waal 103

The Dangers of Certainty: A Lesson From Auschwitz Simon Critchley 112

Confessions of an Ex-Moralist Joel Marks 118

The Maze of Moral Relativism Paul Boghossian 124

Can Moral Disputes Be Resolved? Alex Rosenberg 129

Moral Dispute or Cultural Difference? Carol Rovane 134

On Religion

Navigating Past Nihilism Sean D. Kelly 141

Does It Matter Whether God Exists? Gary Gutting 147

Good Minus God Louise M. Antony 151

Pascal's Wager 2.0 Gary Gutting 158

The Sacred and the Humane Anat Biletzki 162

Why God Is a Moral Issue Michael Ruse 168

The Rigor of Love Simon Critchley 172

God Is a Question, Not an Answer William Irwin 178

What's Wrong with Blasphemy? Andrew F. March 182

On Government

Questions for free-Market Moralists Amia Srinivasan 191

Is Our Patriotism Moral? Gary Gutting 197

The Irrationality of Natural Life Sentences Jennifer Lackey 200

Spinoza's Vision of Freedom, and Ours Steven Nadler 205

If War Can Have Ethics, Wall Street Can, Too Nathaniel B. Davis 211

The Moral Hazard of Drones John Kaag Sarah Kreps 216

Reasons for Reason Michael P. Lynch 222

On Citizenship

The Morality of Migration Seyla Benhabib 229

What Do We Owe Each Other? Aaron James Wendland 234

Can Refugees Have Human Rights? Omri Boehm 240

Dependents of the State Amia Srinivasan 245

Is Voting Out of Self-Interest Wrong? Gary Gutting 252

On Violence

Philosophizing with Guns Simone Gubler 257

A Crack in the Stoic's Armor Nancy Sherman 261

Who Needs a Gun? Gary Gutting 265

The Freedom of an Armed Society Firmin DeBrabander 268

Is American Nonviolence Possible? Todd May 273

On Race

Walking While Black in the "White Gaze" George Yancy 281

Race, Truth and Our Two Realities Chris Lebron 287

Getting Past the Outrage on Race Gary Gutting 292

Philosophy's Western Bias Justin E. H. Smith 295

Dear White America George Yancy 300

Of Cannibals, Kings and Culture: The Problem of Ethnocentricity Adam Etinson 306

What, to the Black American, Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Chris Lebron 311

Is Real Inclusiveness Possible? Justin E. H. Smith 317

On Women

When Prostitution Is Nobody's Business Laurie Shrage 325

On Abortion and Defining a "Person" Gary Gutting 331

Girlfriend, Mother, Professor? Carol Hay 334

The Disappearing Women Rae Langton 340

A Feminist Kant Carol Hay 343

On Family

Think Before You Breed Christine Overall 351

Is Forced Fatherhood Fair? Laurie Shrage 356

"Mommy Wars" Redux: A False Conflict Amy Allen 361

The End of "Marriage" Laurie Shrage 366

My Parents' Mixed Messages on the Holocaust Jason Stanley 372

On Eating

The Meat Eaters Jeff McMahan 379

If Peas Can Talk, Should We Eat Them? Michael Marder 387

When Vegans Won't Compromise Bob Fischer James McWilliams 390

The Enigma of Animal Suffering Rhys Southan 395

On The Future

Is Humanity Getting Better? Leif Wenar 403

Should This Be the Last Generation? Peter Singer 409

What Do We Owe the Future? Patricia I. Vieira Michael Marder 412

The Importance of the Afterlife. Seriously Samuel Scheffler 415

Accepting the Past, Facing the Future Todd May 419

Acknowledgments 423

Contributors 425

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