Ethics General
Well-Being
Well-Being
Hardcover      ISBN: 0745662722
This book explores the definition and philosophical theories of well-being, as well as its importance for moral theory, political theory, and public policy. It considers the concept of well-being in terms of happiness, goodness, and caring, then its components, such as pleasure, knowledge, virtue, friendship, achievement, meaning, fulfilling desires, and developing talents, and theories related to hedonism, desire, human nature and capabilities, and pluralism, as well as aggregating and measuring well-being and normative theory. Distributed by Wiley. Annotation

Why Can't We Be Good?
Why Can't We Be Good?
Paperback      ISBN: 1585426202
The widely respected social philosopher embarks on his most gripping and broadly appealing work, asking the ultimate question of human nature: Why do we repeatedly violate our most deeply held values and beliefs? After nearly forty years of weighing humanity's deepest dilemmas-working in settings ranging from university and high school classrooms to corporate offices and hospitals-bestselling author, philosopher, and religious scholar Jacob Needleman presents the most urgent, deeply felt, and widely accessible work of his career. In Why Can't We Be Good? Needleman identifies the core problem that therapists and social philosophers fail to see. He depicts the individual human as a being who knows what is good, yet who remains mysteriously helpless to innerly adopt the ethical, moral, and religious ideas that are bequeathed to him.
Why Honor Matters
Why Honor Matters
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465098878
A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized society. But for philosopher Tamler Sommers, a sense of honor is essential to living moral lives. In Why Honor Matters, Sommers argues that our collective rejection of honor has come at great cost. Reliant only on Enlightenment liberalism, the United States has become the home of the cowardly, the shameless, the selfish, and the alienated. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself. Sommers shows how honor can help us address some of society's most challenging problems, including education, policing, and mass incarceration. Counterintuitive and provocative, Why Honor Matters makes a convincing case for honor as a cornerstone of our modern society.
Words of Common Sense for Mind, Body, and Soul
Words of Common Sense for Mind, Body, and Soul
Hardcover      ISBN: 189015198x
Brother David Steindl-Rast takes us on a journey of discovery by identifying the wonder of the ordinary found in common sense. In a humble and insightful way he illuminates the teachings that are passed from one generation to the next. These words of common sense bring to light the important virtues and ethics that are valued by human beings worldwide. "When you drink from a stream, remember the spring," says a wise Chinese proverb that evokes thanksgiving and reflection. "A contented heart is a continual feast" directs a person to look within for their happiness rather than without. By becoming aware of the proverbs of the world and by honoring the thread of human experience as expressed in wise sayings, the reader becomes transported to a feeling of connection with other religions and cultures. Inspiring and optimistic, Words of Common Sense helps to make a rewarding life possible within the trials of everyday living as one discovers that within the ordinary can be found the keys to living a life of meaning. When we look to the words of common sense that are around us, we can begin to make sense of things for ourselves. These words can guide, illuminate, and inspire us.

Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong
Would You Kill the Fat Man?
The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691154023
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 stranger, is standing next to you: if you push him off the bridge, he will topple onto the line and, although he will die, his chunky body will stop the train, saving five lives. Would you kill the fat man? The question may seem bizarre. But it's one variation of a puzzle that has baffled moral philosophers for almost half a century and that more recently has come to preoccupy neuroscientists, psychologists, and other thinkers as well. In this book, David Edmonds, coauthor of the best-selling Wittgenstein's Poker, tells the riveting story of why and how philosophers have struggled with this ethical dilemma, sometimes called the trolley problem. In the process, he provides an entertaining and informative tour through the history of moral philosophy. Most people feel it's wrong to kill the fat man. But why? After all, in taking one life you could save five. As Edmonds shows, answering the question is far more complex--and important--than it first appears. In fact, how we answer it tells us a great deal about right and wrong.
Would You Kill the Fat Man?: The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong
Would You Kill the Fat Man?
The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us About Right and Wrong
Paperback      ISBN: 0691165637
Examines the history of the moral "trolley" problem, discussing why philosphers have struggled with the ethical dilemma the problem describes, and how each individual's answer indicates a great deal about personal and universal morality.