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How Should We Live? An Introduction to Ethics

ISBN-10: 0534556574
ISBN-13: 9780534556570
Edition: 2005
Authors: Louis P. Pojman
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Book details

List price: $102.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.59" wide x 8.54" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Louis Pojman's new HOW SHOULD WE LIVE? is a concise and engaging text that offers a provocative discussion of the central questions and theories in moral philosophy. Crafted by one of contemporary philosophy's most gifted teachers, it begins with a poignant meditation on Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES, a starting point for an eye-opening examination of central metaethical concepts such as relativism, objectivism, egoism, and whether or not religion is a necessity for morality. From there Pojman presents with even-handed consideration and in a readily accessible style the three most seminal ethical theories: utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue-based ethics. The book's discussion culminates with a very timely exploration of the grounds for human rights in today's increasingly global society.

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

Preface
Word to the Student
Why do We Need Morality?
Why Should I Be Moral? is the Good Good for you?
Who's to Judge? Ethical Relativism
The Case for Ethical Objectivism
Religion and Ethics
Utilitarianism
Deontological Ethics: Intuitionism and Kantian Ethics
Virtue-Based Ethical The ory
Human Rights
Conclusion: How Should We Live?

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