The Britannica Guide to Ethics, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615304746
  • ISBN-13: 9781615304745
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Leading a principled existence demands both grappling with questions whose answers are frequently unclear and examining the values that we most vigorously defend. Even as we contend with the travails of daily life, we are constantly confronted with issues of moral import. Where other branches of Western philosophy seek to comprehend universal truths that often seem far-removed from routine activity, ethics begins with personal judgments and individual action. These penetrative books consider the moral codes that form the backbone of human behavior as well as the key developments in thinking on Western ethics and the thinkers throughout time who have challenged us to re-evaluate the standards we use to distinguish between right and wrong.

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The Britannica Guide to Ethics: The History of Western Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1615303758 | ISBN-13: 9781615303755)

Ethics is the business of moral philosophy by which humans try to determine what behaviors are right and wrong; good and bad; noble and ignoble. Each person strives for rectitude as they understand it, while working within the accepted values of a larger group dynamic. The moral view of the larger group is developed and refined within a state of flux, and new circumstances are constantly arising that defy individual consciences and compel each individual to reexamine how he or she applies ethical principles in everyday life. This absorbing volume looks at the development of the three major fields of Western ethics over time, while providing insightful cross-cultural comparisons between ancient moral philosophies of societies across the globe.

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The Britannica Guide to Ethics: Thinkers and Theories in Ethics  (ISBN-10: 1615304150 | ISBN-13: 9781615304158)

Perspectives on moral behavior and ethical action are wide-ranging, and often involve divergent standards and approaches that produce ambiguous conclusions—yet we still arrive at universals. Echoes of Enlightenment and ancient Greek thinking resonate through the present day, and various thinkers have adapted the same ideas to respond to emerging social, cultural, political, and technological developments and new moral dilemmas. This volume surveys the major theories that form the basis of ethical thought. Sidebars and detailed images shed light on the vacillating world of ethics, and highlight the individuals whose seminal works confront some of our most fundamental human concerns.

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