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Edited by Gordon MarinoAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gordon Marino

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: August 10, 2010
  • Price: $18.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-7778-3 (0-8129-7778-5)
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In Ethics: The Essential Writings, philosopher Gordon Marino skillfully presents an accessible, provocative anthology of both ancient and modern classics on matters moral. The philosophers represent 2,500 years of thought—from Plato, Kant, and Nietzsche to Alasdair MacIntyre, Susan Wolf, and Peter Singer—and cover a broad range of topics, from the timeless questions of justice, morality, and faith to the hot-button concerns of today, such as animal rights, our duties to the environment, and gender issues. Featuring an illuminating preamble, concise introductory essays on the giants of ethical theory, and incisive chapter headnotes to the modern offerings, this Modern Library edition is a perfect single-volume reference for students, teachers, and anyone eager to engage in reflection on ethical questions, including “What is the basis for our ethical views and judgments?”

“Here in this wide-ranging collection of essays are ideas, suggestions, and condemnations that in their sum give the abstract side of contemplation a connection to the particulars of a vigorous life—our sense of the right, the wrong, the valuable, and the inappropriate. Here is a book that offers much to us needy readers as we try to figure out how we ought to live—for what purpose and why.” —Robert Coles


INTRODUCTION by Gordon Marino

1.PLATO Euthyphro, Crito and The Republic: Book II
2.ARISTOTLE Nicomachean Ethics
3.EPICTETUS The Enchiridion
4.ST. AUGUSTINE City of God: Book XIX
5.ST. THOMAS AQUINAS Summa Theologica: Question XCIV
6.THOMAS HOBBES Leviathan: Part I. Of Man;
Part II. Of Commonwealth
7.DAVID HUME An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
8.IMMANUEL KANT Fundamental Principles of the
Metaphysics of Morals
9.JOHN STUART MILL Utilitarianism
10.ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER Parerga and Paralipomena
11.FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE On the Genealogy of Morality
12.SOREN KIERKEGAARD The Sickness Unto Death: Part II

13.RUTH BENEDICT Anthropology and the Abnormal
14.MARY MIDGLEY Trying Out One’s New Sword
15.JEAN-PAUL SARTRE Existentialism and Human Emotion
16.PHILIP HALLIE From Cruelty to Goodness
17.ROBERT COLES The Disparity Between Intellect and Character
18.DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Letter from a Birmingham Jail
19.JOHN RAWLS A Theory of Justice
21.NEL NODDINGS Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics
and Moral Education
22.THOMAS NAGEL Mortal Questions
23.SUSAN WOLF Moral Saints
24.ALDO LEOPOLD A Sand County Almanac: The Land Ethic
25.PETER SINGER Rich and Poor
26.TOM REGAN The Case for Animal Rights
27.MICHAEL WALZER Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands
28.JUDITH JARVIS THOMSON A Defense of Abortion
DON MARQUIS Why Abortion is Immoral