How Should We Live?
Louis P. Pojman (Cengage Learning: August 2004), 208 pages.
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. ~ Product Description
Table of Contents
- Preface. Word to the Student.
- 1. Why do We Need Morality?
- 2. Why Should I Be Moral? Is the Good Good for you?
- 3. Who's to Judge? Ethical Relativism.
- 4. The Case for Ethical Objectivism.
- 5. Religion and Ethics.
- 6. Utilitarianism.
- 7. Deontological Ethics: Intuitionism and Kantian Ethics.
- 8. Virtue-Based Ethical Theory.
- 9. Human Rights. Conclusion: How Should We Live?