Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World 1st Edition

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“We simply cannot continue to ignore ethics on a grand scale in our modern society. Incorporating ethics into our everyday decision making is imperative I few are to achieve a higher level of justice and happiness.”
—A.C. “Mike Markkula, Jr., cofounder of Apple Computer Inc., president of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees and founder of the Markkula Center for applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

“Life is about decisions; a good life is about ethical decisions. This book is how to achieve the good life.”
—Leon E. Panetta, former White House chief of staff, director of the US Office of Management and Budge, and US Representative; Institute for Public Policy

“If we learn by doing, then this book will go a long way towards helping the reader “do the right thing,” In Every case, Plante’s lucid and succinct explanations of ethical approaches and principles are followed by an imaginative set of exercises that immediately test those approaches and apply those principles to real life situations. The book is not a formulaic set of answers, but an explanation and exploration of methods—their strengths and weaknesses – to help the reader live ethically.”
—Stepehn A. Privett, SJ, president, University of San Francisco

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Readers will glean from this book an excellent understanding of contemporary ethics and a powerful set of decision-making tools that they can easily apply to their daily lives.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1st edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243644
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor at Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has served as psychology department chair, acting dean of the school of education, counseling psychology, and pastoral ministries, and director of the spirituality and health institute at Santa Clara University. He recently served as Vice-Chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and is Past-President of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) of the American Psychological Association (APA). He was born and raised in Rhode Island and received his ScB degree in psychology from Brown University, his M.A. and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas, and his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical and health psychology from Yale University. Prior to coming to Santa Clara in 1994, he was a staff psychologist and on the clinical faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of mental health services at the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, California. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 19 books including Abnormal Psychology through the Ages (Vols. I, II, and III, 2013, ABC-CLIO), Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith, (2012, ABC-CLIO), Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012 (2011, Greenwood), Sin against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church (2004, Greenwood), Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests (1999, Greenwood), Faith and Health: Psychological Perspectives (2001, Guilford), Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World (2004, New Harbinger), Contemporary Clinical Psychology (1999, 2005, 2010, Wiley), Mental Disorders of the New Millennium (Vols. I, II, and III, 2006, Greenwood), Spirit, Science and Health: How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Physical Wellness (2007, Greenwood), Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy: Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health (2009, American Psychological Association), and Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health (2010, Greenwood) as well as published over 175 scholarly professional journal articles and book chapters. His area of clinical and research interest focuses on stress and coping, the influence of aerobic exercise and perceived fitness on psychological functioning, faith and health outcomes, psychological issues among Catholic clergy and laypersons, and ethical decision making. He has been featured in numerous media outlets including Time Magazine, CNN, NBC Nightly News, the PBS News Hour, New York Times, USA Today, British Broadcasting Company, National Public Radio, among many others. He has evaluated or treated more than 700 priests and applicants to the priesthood and diaconate in the Catholic and Episcopal churches and has served as a consultant for a number of Church dioceses and religious orders. Time Magazine referred to him (April 1, 2002) as one of "three leading (American) Catholics." He maintains a private practice in Menlo Park, CA where he lives with his wife, Lori (also a psychologist) and son, Zachary. His hobbies include running and managing a small home vineyard where he and his family grow syrah grapes for wine making under the TLZ Plante Family Vineyard label.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AlineR on October 4, 2011
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This book is really helpful in providing an overview of the appropriate approaches in thinking through an ethical dilemma. Do the Right Thing is one of the most straightforward approaches to this process that I have come across; I find it very helpful in completing my required course assignments for my ethics course. I definitely recommend this if you are in need of the proper tools to solving problems.
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By Robert M. Clark on February 18, 2014
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This is a very interesting book, different from other books I have read. The author, Dr. Plante is a Psychologist. I am a Psychotherapist. I picked this book because I like self help books. I love reading about Psychology and religion.
Dr. Plante's book, "Do The Right Thing" was not "religious" but is a wonderful combination of Psychology and Ethics which
touches on "integrity"being a responsible person in life, and having "respect." I found this book unique and inspiring. I really, really like this book.
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This is a great book......inspiring spirited family/friend discussions AND heated debate - :) for those who tend to wax emotional over controversial subjects. Lots of fun & thought provoking.
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