Higher Education

On Ethics and Living Well, 1st Edition

  • Robert C. Solomon University of Texas, Austin
  • ISBN-10: 049500295X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495002956
  • 176 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $14.75



A volume in the Wadsworth Philosophical Topics Series, ON ETHICS AND LIVING WELL offers a brief introduction to ethics and its prime place in our lives from one of contemporary philosophy’s foremost teachers and scholars. Covering most of the traditional topics in ethics and including brief treatments of important historical figures, Solomon’s text fosters reasoned, deliberate thinking by emphasizing the patterns of controversy and concern, rather than the details of various ethical theories. Asserting ethics’ place as component of and guidepost on the path to the good life, this volume is a readily engaging introduction to a kind of deliberation that stands to impact each student well beyond the classroom. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today’s philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.

Features and Benefits

  • Presenting a general overview of ethical thinking, this title will enable students to achieve quick familiarity with this philosophical topic as they prepare for in-class discussions or reading related original sources.
  • Concise and affordable, this book meets the practical demands of present day college students and instructors.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Ethics.
2. Doing the Right Thing: The Nature and Justification of Morality.
3. Living Well: The Virtues and the Good Life.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert C. Solomon

Robert C. Solomon (1942-2007) was internationally renowned as a teacher and lecturer in philosophy. He was Quincy Lee Centennial Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and over the course of his career taught at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Auckland, and the University of California, in addition to the University of Texas. He authored more than 40 books, including Introducing Philosophy, A Short History of Philosophy (with Kathleen Higgins), The Passions, In the Spirit of Hegel, About Love, Above the Bottom Line, Fourth Edition (with Clancy Martin), Ethics and Excellence, The Joy of Philosophy, and True to Our Feelings, and he was co-editor of Twenty Questions, Fifth Edition (with Lee Bowie and Meredith Michaels), and Since Socrates (with Clancy Martin).