Why It's Hard to Be Good

ISBN-10: 0415960622

ISBN-13: 9780415960625

Edition: 2007

Authors: Al Gini
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Description: It isn't easy to be good. In fact, it's very, very difficult. Al Gini - at home both in philosophy and the corporate boardroom - speaks here in an engagingly direct voice about why we have so much trouble doing the right thing in life - at home, with family or strangers, and at work. Businesses struggle with ethical issues every day, and so do ordinary people. But a multinational corporation and a single thinking human being are bound together by the same dilemma: how to choose the right thing to do and then do it? In a series of brief chapters, Al Gini lays out ideas for 'stepping out of the shadow of the self'nbsp;- an argument for stopping thinking of yourself as the center of the universe. It's hard to be good, he explains, until we realize that being good only has meaning in relation to other people. Ideas of justice, fairness, and ethical behavior are just that - abstract ideas - until they are put into action with regard to people outside ourselves. We may worry too much about goodversus evil - big concepts that give us plenty of room to sit on the right side of the equation, he argues. Instead, we need to be thinking about how being good involves an active relationship toward others. Being good all by yourself may not be good enough. This warm and generous book is for anyone who wants to know how to use ethical thinking as way to live, work, and be with others.

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the cofounder and long time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over twenty-three years he has been the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio's Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM, and he regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on issues of business and ethics. His books include: My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000); The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003); Why It's Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2006); and, most recently, he helped to edit and wrote the prologues for The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler (The Great Books Foundation, 2007) and Even Deadlier: A Sequel (The Great Books Foundation, 2009).

Prologue
Ethics Means What?
Narcissism: Me, Myself, and I
Character, Integrity, and Conscience
It's So Easy To Be a Bystander
Change, Choice, and Culture
The Media and Morality
Ethics and the Workplace
Leisure and Play
Leadership, Money, Power
Sex (Yes, Sex)
Death (Ditto)
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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