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Moral Life An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature

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ISBN-10: 0195166086

ISBN-13: 9780195166088

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Louis P. Pojman

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The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature, Second Edition, brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-two classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy in an innovative way, editor Louis P. Pojman 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 philosophical concepts and issues such as relativism; utilitarianism; virtue ethics; the meaning of life; freedom; sex, love, and marriage; and environmental ethics. Once introduced, these topics are developed further through readings by philosophers including Aristotle, Jane English, Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Jean-Paul Sartre, and Bernard Williams. This unique anthology emphasizes the personal dimension of ethics, which is often ignored or minimized in ethics texts. The second edition offers several new selections including work by Maya Angelou, Kevin Bales, John Benson, Susan Glaspell, C. S. Lewis, R. M. MacIver, Plato, Plutarch, James Rachels, Ayn Rand, Voltaire, and Kurt Vonnegut. It also adds a new chapter on justice and the threat of terrorism featuring material from the Old Testament--in which the equivalent of a jihad occurs--followed by philosophical analyses by Martha Nussbaum and Louis P. Pojman. Featuring expanded part and chapter introductions as well as biographical sketches, abstracts, and study questions for each reading selection, The Moral Life, 2/e, is ideal for introductory ethics courses. It also provides an engaging gateway into personal and social ethics for the general reader.
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Book details

List price: $74.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1008
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

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.

*=New to this edition
Each chapter ends with Further Readings
The Nature of Morality: Good and Evil
What Is the Purpose of Morality?
William Golding, 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
Herman Melville
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Why Is There Evil?
William Styron, 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?
Mary Midgley, On Trying Out One's New Sword
The Enemy of the People
Moral Theories and Moral Character
Seaman Holmes and the Longboat of William Brown, Reported
Classical Utilitarianism
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism Refined
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
Kant's Theory
The Deep Beauty of the Golden Rule
A Critique of the Golden Rule
A Horseman in the Sky
The Evil of Lying
Does Morality Depend on Religion?
Moral Luck
Virtue Ethics
The Bishop and the Candlesticks
Virtue Ethics
Virtue and the Moral Life
Saints and Heroes
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? Greed
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, Bertrand Russell
Reflections on Suffering
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 Buddha
The Four Noble Truths
The Experience Machine
Freedom, Autonomy, and Self-Respect
I Have a Dream