The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature

Paperback | September 4, 2013

byLouis P. Pojman, Lewis Vaughn

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Ideal for introductory ethics courses, The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature, Fifth Edition, brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-one classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy inan innovative way, this unique anthology uses literary works to enliven and make concrete the ethical theory or applied issues addressed. It also emphasizes the personal dimension of ethics, which is often ignored or minimized in ethics anthologies. The readings are enhanced by chapterintroductions, study questions, suggestions for further reading, and biographical sketches. The fifth edition adds ten new readings, eight of which appear in two new chapters: Feminist Ethics and the Ethics of Care and Global Economic Justice. An updated Companion Website at provides self-quizzes, essay questions, and helpful links for students and reading summaries,a test bank, and PowerPoint-based lecture slides for instructors.

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Ideal for introductory ethics courses, The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature, Fifth Edition, brings together an extensive and varied collection of ninety-one classical and contemporary readings on ethical theory and practice. Integrating literature with philosophy inan innovative way, this unique anthology use...

The late Louis P. Pojman was Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books including Classics of Philosophy, Third Edition (OUP, 2010). Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several books including Bioethics, Second Edition, and Contemporary Moral A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:944 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

*=New to this EditionEach chapter ends with Further Readings.PrefaceIntroduction: On the Nature of MoralityPART I. THE NATURE OF MORALITY: Good and Evil1. What Is the Purpose of Morality?William Golding: Lord of the Flies: A Moral AllegoryLouis P. Pojman: On the Nature and Purpose of Morality: Reflections on William Golding's Lord of the FliesThomas Hobbes: On the State of Nature2. Good and EvilHerman Melville: Billy BuddFyodor Dostoevsky: Why Is There Evil?William Styron: Sophie's ChoicePhilip Hallie: From Cruelty to GoodnessStanley Benn: WickednessFriedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and EvilRichard Taylor: On the Origin of Good and Evil3. Is Everything Relative?Herodotus: Custom Is KingRuth Benedict: The Case for Moral RelativismJames Rachels: Why Morality Is Not RelativeJean Bethke Elshtain: Judge Not?Mary Midgley: On Trying Out One's New SwordHenrick Ibsen: The Enemy of the PeoplePART II. MORAL THEORIES AND MORAL CHARACTER4. UtilitarianismSeaman Holmes and the Longboat of William Brown, Reported by John William WallaceJeremy Bentham: Classical UtilitarianismJohn Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism RefinedKai Nielsen: A Defense of UtilitarianismBernard Williams: Against UtilitarianismUrsula Le Guin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas5. Deontological EthicsImmanuel Kant: The Moral LawWilliam K. Frankena: Kant's TheoryW. D. Ross: IntuitionismR. M. MacIver: The Deep Beauty of the Golden RuleRichard Whatley: A Critique of the Golden RuleAmbrose Bierce: A Horseman in the SkyCharles Fried: The Evil of LyingPlato: Does Morality Depend on Religion?James Rachels: * The Divine Command TheoryCarl Dennis: * New Year's EveThomas Nagel: Moral Luck6. Virtue EthicsAlasdair MacIntyre: The VirtuesAristotle: Virtue EthicsBernard Mayo: Virtue and the Moral LifeJ.O. Urmson: Saints and HeroesNathaniel Hawthorne: The Great Stone FaceWilliam Frankena: A Critique of Virtue-Based Ethical SystemsJesus of Nazareth: The Sermon on the Mount; The Good SamaritanLeo Tolstoy: How Much Land Does a Man Need? GreedImmanuel Kant: Jealousy, Malice, and IngratitudeMartin Gansberg: Moral CowardiceEpictetus and Others: The Stoic CatechismVice Admiral James Stockdale, The World of Epictetus: Courage and Endurance7. * Feminist Ethics and the Ethics of CareAlison Jaggar: * Feminist EthicsJan Crosthwaite: * Gender and BioethicsAnnette C. Baier: * The Need for More Than JusticeVirginia Held: * The Ethics of CarePART III. MORAL ISSUES8. Ethics and Egoism: Why Should We Be Moral?Plato: Plato, The Ring of GygesAyn Rand: Ayn Rand, In Defense of Ethical EgoismLouis P. Pojman: Louis P. Pojman, Egoism and Altruism: A Critique of Ayn RandJames Rachels: James Rachels, A Critique of Ethical Egoism9. Does Life Have Meaning?Voltaire: The Good BrahminEpicurus: HedonismAlbert Camus: Life Is AbsurdLouis P. Pojman: Religion Gives Meaning to LifeViktor Frankl: The Human Search for Meaning: Reflections on AuschwitzSiddhartha Gautama, the Buddha: The Four Noble TruthsBertrand Russell: Reflections on Suffering10. Freedom, Autonomy, and Self-RespectMartin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a DreamStanley Milgram: An Experiment in AutonomyJean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism Is a HumanismThomas E. Hill, Jr.: Servility and Self-RespectKurt Vonnegut: Harrison BergeronPART IV. APPLIED ETHICS: Moral Problems11. Sex, Love, and MarriageImmanuel Kant: On the Place of Sex in Human ExistenceJohn McMurtry: Monogamy: A CritiqueMichael D. Bayles: Marriage, Love, and Procreation: A Critique of McMurtryBonnie Steinbock: What's Wrong with Adultery?C. S. Lewis: We Have No "Right to Happiness"Jane English: What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?Michael Levin: Why Homosexuality Is AbnormalJohn Corvino: A Defense of Homosexuality12. Is Abortion Morally Permissible?Don Marquis: Why Abortion Is ImmoralJudith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of AbortionMary Anne Warren: Abortion Is Morally PermissibleJane English: The Moderate Position: Beyond the Personhood ArgumentSusan Sherwin: * Abortion through a Feminist Ethics Lens13. The Morality of EuthanasiaDan W. Brock: Voluntary Active EuthanasiaJ. Gay-Williams: The Wrongfulness of EuthanasiaJames Rachels: Active and Passive Euthanasia14. Our Duties to AnimalsGeorge Orwell: Shooting an ElephantPeter Singer: Animal Liberation: All Animals Are EqualCarl Cohen: The Case Against Animal Rights15. Our Duties to the EnvironmentRobert Heilbroner: What Has Posterity Ever Done for Me?Garrett Hardin: The Tragedy of the CommonsWilliam F. Baxter: People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution16. Global Economic JusticeGarrett Hardin: * Living on a LifeboatWilliam W. Murdoch and Allan Oaten: * A Critique of Lifeboat EthicsPeter Singer: * Famine, Affluence, and MoralityLouis P. Pojman: * World Hunger and PopulationAppendix: How to Read and Write a Philosophy PaperIndex