The Moral Life An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Featuring new selections chosen by coeditor Lewis Vaughn, the third edition of Louis P. Pojman's The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-one classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy in an innovative way, the book uses literary works to enliven and make concrete the ethical theory or applied issues addressed in each chapter. Literary works by Camus, Hawthorne, Hugo, Huxley, Ibsen, Le Guin, Melville, Orwell, Styron, Tolstoy, and many others lead students into such philosophical concepts and issues as relativism; utilitarianism; virtue ethics; the meaning of life; freedom and autonomy; sex, love, and marriage; animal rights; and terrorism. Once introduced, these topics are developed further through readings by philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nozick, Singer, and Sartre. This unique anthology emphasizes the personal dimension of ethics, which is often ignored or minimized in ethics texts. It also incorporates chapter introductions, study questions, suggestions for further reading, and biographical sketches of the writers. The third edition brings the collection up-to-date, adding selections by Jane English, William Frankena, Don Marquis, John Stuart Mill, Mary Midgley, Thomas Nagel, Judith Jarvis Thomson, and J.O. Urmson. It also features a new chapter on euthanasia with essays by Dan W. Brock, J. Gay-Williams, and James Rachels. Ideal for introductory ethics courses, The Moral Life, Third Edition, also provides an engaging gateway into personal and social ethics for general readers.

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with Further Readings
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Introduction: On the Nature of Morality
The Nature Of Morality: Good and Evil
What Is the Purpose of Morality?
Lord of the Flies: A Moral Allegory
On the Nature and Purpose of Morality: Reflections on William Golding's Lord of the Flies
On the State of Nature
Good and Evil
Why Is There Evil?
Sophie's Choice
The New Slavery
From Cruelty to Goodness
Beyond Good and Evil
On the Origin of Good and Evil
Is Everything Relative?
Custom Is King
The Case for Moral Relativism
The Case Against Moral Relativism
Judge Not?
The Enemy of the People
Moral Theories and Moral Character
Seaman Holmes and the Longboat of William Brown, Reported
Classical Utilitarianism
A Defense of Utilitarianism
Against Utilitarianism
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
The Utilitarian Social Engineer and the Savage
Deontological Ethics
The Moral Law
The Deep Beauty of the Golden Rule
A Critique of the Golden Rule
Ambrose Bierce, A Horseman in the Sky
The Evil of Lying
A Jury of Her Peers
Does Morality Depend on Religion?
Moral Luck
Virtue Ethics
The Bishop and the Candlesticks
Virtue Ethics
Virtue and the Moral Life
The Great Stone Face
A Critique of Virtue-Based Ethical Systems
Virtues and Vices
The Sermon on the Mount
The Good Samaritan
How Much Land Does a Man Need?
Jealousy, Malice, and Ingratitude
Moral Cowardice
Three Days to See: Gratitude
Epictetus and Others
The Stoic Catechism
In Consolation to His Wife: Equanimity
The World of Epictetus: Courage and Endurance
The Story of David and Bathsheba: Lust
Where Love Is, There Is God: Love
Reflections on Suffering
The Volunteer at Auschwitz: Altruism
Moral Issues
Ethics and Egoism: Why Should We Be Moral?
The Ring of Gyges
In Defense of Ethical Egoism
Egoism and Altruism: A Critique of Ayn Rand
A Critique of Ethical Egoism
Does Life Have Meaning?
The Good Brahmin
Life Is Absurd
Religion Gives Meaning to Life
The Human Search for Meaning: Reflections on Auschwitz
The Four Noble Truths
The Experience Machine
Freedom, Autonomy, and Self-Respect
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