Philosophy - Ethics & Moral Philosophy

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Best Things in Life

Peter Kreeft

What are the best things in life? Questions like that may boggle your mind. But they don't boggle Socrates. The indomitable old Greek brings his unending questions to Desperate State University. With him come the same mind-opening and...

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Published: Jul 1984

The Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds man's life--the life proper to a rational being--as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man's nature, with th...

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Published: Nov 1964

Bushido: The Way of the Samurai (Squa...

Tsunetomo Yamamoto

In eighteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. Its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class and shaped the underlying char...

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Published: Jan 2003

The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic De...

Peter Kreeft

Is abortion a woman's right? When does human life begin? Should we legislate morality? What would happen if the Socrates of old suddenly appeared in modern Athens? Peter Kreeft imagines the dialog that might ensue with three worthy op...

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Published: Jul 1983

The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 E...

Julian Baggini

Both entertaining and startling, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten offers one hundred philosophical puzzles that stimulate thought on a host of moral, social, and personal dilemmas. Taking examples from sources as diverse as Plato and St...

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Published: Jul 2006

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities a...

Simon Wiesenthal

A Holocaust survivor's surprising and thought-provoking study of forgiveness, justice, compassion, and human responsibility, featuring contributions from the Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Cynthia Ozick, Primo Levi, and more.While imprison...

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Published: Jan 1998

Responsibility and Judgment

Hannah Arendt

Responsibility and Judgment gathers together unpublished writings from the last decade of Arendt’s life, where she addresses fundamental questions and concerns about the nature of evil and the making of moral choices. At the heart o...

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Published: Aug 2005

The Moral Disciple: A Primer on Chris...

Kent A. Van Til

The ability to judge good from bad, right from wrong, is a uniquely human characteristic. However, given the complexity of life, it is often difficult to discern which choice to make, where our responsibilities lie, or what the conseq...

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Published: May 2012

A Year to Live: How to Live This Year...

Stephen Levine

In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully--as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to pr...

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Published: Jan 1997

The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions...

Kwame Anthony Appiah

"[Appiah's] work reveals the heart and sensitivity of a novelist. . . .Fascinating, erudite and beautifully written."—The New York Times Book ReviewIn this groundbreaking work, Kwame Anthony Appiah, hailed as "one of the most releva...

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Published: Sep 2011

Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle

The Nicomachean Ethics is the name normally given to Aristotle's best-known work on ethics. The work, which plays a pre-eminent role in defining Aristotelian ethics, consists of ten books, originally separate scrolls, and is understoo...

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Published: Feb 1998

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding...

Alain Badiou

pstrongOne of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy explodes the facile assumptions behind the recent ethical turn./strong/pAlain Badiou, one of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy, shows ho...

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Published: Jan 2013

Transparency of Evil: Essays on Extre...

Jean Baudrillard

The renowned postmodernist philosopher’s tour-de-force contemplation of sex, technology, politics and disease in Western culture after the revolutionary ‘orgy’ of the 1960s.“The most important and original French thinker of th...

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Published: Jun 2009

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Simon Blackburn

Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, by the fear that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, o...

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Published: Sep 2009

Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral In...

Rita Brock

The first book to explore the idea and effect of moral injury on veterans, their families, and their communities Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming 20 percent of all suicides...

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Published: Nov 2013

The Road to Character

David Brooks

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST • "I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how othe...

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Published: Sep 2016

On the Meaning of Sex

J. Budziszewski

What is the meaning of sex?Everyone in every time and place is interested in sex. Our own time is obsessed by it. One would think that a society obsessed by sex would understand it very well. But the truth is that obsession drives out...

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Published: May 2014

The Line Through the Heart: Natural L...

J. Budziszewski

Budziszewski on natural law is simply the best. . . . A must read.”—James V. Schall, S.J., author of Another Sort of Learning “Truly fundamental . . . I shall enjoy reading [it] over and over again.”—Russell Hittinger, auth...

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Published: May 2011

The Code: Use the Laws of Manifestati...

Tony Burroughs

The Code boldly presents readers with a true, workable solution for the challenges facing our world today. Based on a new Code of Conduct that anyone can relate to, it is full of real life stories uniquely designed first, to help read...

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Published: Mar 2008

Can We Be Good Without God?: A Conver...

Paul Chamberlain

Physician-assisted suicide. Racism. Genetic engineering. Abortion. Poverty. Capital punishment. Our culture is beset by a host of vexing ethical questions. Are there any foundational moral principles to guide us? If so, where do they ...

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Published: Feb 1996

The Ethics of Ambiguity

Simone De Beauvoir

From the groundbreaking author of The Second Sex comes a radical argument for ethical responsibility and freedom. In this classic introduction to existentialist thought, French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's The Ethics of Ambiguit...

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Published: Dec 2015

Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduc...

Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek

Utilitarianism may well be the most influential secular ethical theory in the world today. It is also one of the most controversial. It clashes, or is widely thought to clash, with many conventional moral views, and with human rights ...

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Published: Jun 2017

Spinoza: Practical Philosophy

Gilles Deleuze

Spinoza's theoretical philosophy is one of the most radical attempts to construct a pure ontology with a single infinite substance. This book, which presents Spinoza's main ideas in dictionary form, has as its subject the opposition b...

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Published: Jan 2001

On Evil

Terry Eagleton

For many enlightened, liberal-minded thinkers today, and for most on the political left, evil is an outmoded concept. It smacks too much of absolute judgements and metaphysical certainties to suit the modern age. In this witty, access...

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Published: Apr 2011

Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trol...

David Edmonds

A runaway train is racing toward five men who are tied to the track. Unless the train is stopped, it will inevitably kill all five men. You are standing on a footbridge looking down on the unfolding disaster. However, a fat man, a str...

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Published: Feb 2015

Voluntary Simplicity Second Revised E...

Duane Elgin

First published in 1981, VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY was quickly recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable living. Now-more than twenty years later and with many of the planet′s environmental str...

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Published: Jan 2010

Taking Ourselves Seriously and Gettin...

Harry G. Frankfurt

Harry G. Frankfurt begins his inquiry by asking, "What is it about human beings that makes it possible for us to take ourselves seriously?" Based on The Tanner Lectures in Moral Philosophy, Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting It R...

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Published: Nov 2006

Man for Himself: An Inquiry Into the ...

Erich Fromm

In Man for Himself, Erich Fromm examines the confusion of modern women and men who, because they lack faith in any principle by which life ought to be guided, become the helpless prey forces both within and without. From the broad, in...

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Published: Nov 1990

Objectivity: A Very Short Introductio...

Stephen Gaukroger

Is objectivity possible? Can there be objectivity in matters of morals? What would a truly objective account of the world be like? Is everything subjective, or relative? Are moral judgments objective or culturally relative? This Ver...

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Published: Jul 2012

Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosop...

Rebecca Goldstein

Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a daz...

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Published: Jan 2015
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