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Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms [Kindle Edition]

Arthur D. Schwartz
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Ethics has long been burdened with a certain perplexity: Is self-interest or altruism the primary ethical imperative? Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms presents an ethical theory designed to encourage ethical thinking from multiple perspectives that go beyond ideology and dogma. By so doing it develops an understanding of ethics and morality that transcends rigid or inapplicable rules by returning to the principle of universal love. The result is an ethical framework for unconventional ideas and research that challenges traditional beliefs that are vested in ideological, financial and political interests that--through various mechanisms, seek to maintain the status quo.

The philosophical principles developed in this book make it possible to examine difficult moral conundrums and seemingly intractable social, economic and political issues from new perspectives. The limitations of classical ethics have never been more apparent than in today's dysfunctional world. Filled with controversial ideas, this is a book that is designed to engage the reader and spark healthy debate. Among the many issues that are discussed and critiqued--in light of the ethical theory developed, are the current monetary and economic systems, the meaning of social entitlements, the dubious virtue of political parties, and the potential abuse of scientific paradigms. Also discussed are the grounds for belief or disbelief in various claims concerning the suppression of technology and invention, and conspiracy theories. From the perspective of an ethics that is in harmony with the basic essence of morality, a long-term view of a peaceful and flourishing world is not merely possible but may, with time, become inevitable.

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Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms by Arthur D.Schwartz is a rich cacophony of philosophy examined through the eyes of real-world social context. Divided into two easy to read parts, Schwartz defines the principles of ethics and morality...Time travel, the soul, taxes, politics, a New World Order, Utopia, inventions, welfare, abortion, the Middle East, food choices, rights to information, how history replays itself, conspiracy theories, and whether God exists are debated from a moral perspective. These reflections offer clarity to jump start freedom from conformism, clear confusion of hypnotic thinking and create potential life value. Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms by Arthur D. Schwartz offers enlightenment for conservatives, liberals and progressives to find the moral courage to be different and live in harmony with the Universe. (Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite)

Arthur D. Schartz's "Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms" is exceptionally well written, reasoned, organized and presented, making it an impressive and highly recommended addition to academic library Philosophical Studies reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms" is also available in a Kindle edition. (James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, The Philosophy Shelf)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Blueprint for Humanity March 3, 2014
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I have to admit, my most comprehensive understanding of any kind of philosophy comes from Sophie's World, and it occurs to me that someone with a deeper understanding of the subject would be better placed to review or debate the concepts that Arthur has put forward in `Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms'. My review, therefore, is from the perspective of a layperson.
The book examines existing concepts of ethics and ethical standards, how they were arrived at and how they affect our existence as individuals, as a society and as countries in a global village. Accordingly, it has been divided into two parts. The first is an in-depth analysis of the author's theories and the second part is entirely his vision of how ethical standards that were based on morality would and could affect every aspect of our world.

It's a logical structure, but I found the first part to be densely academic, written in language that I had to go back and read several times in order to understand. Sentences like "Aristotle does not argue for a Platonic World of Forms but, rather, a God principle that is the immaterial pure actuality he also describes as pure thought or `thought thinking itself'" were difficult to grasp. It was almost as if the author expected his readers to have studied philosophical texts before. The first few chapters, especially, are discussions of existing philosophies, which I had to research online before his meaning became clear.

Part 2, however, is much easier reading. Schwartz takes several broad, and some specific, aspects of society and examines how his principles would change existing paradigms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended book on modern ethics March 13, 2014
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My friend is a college professor who teaches ethics and philosophy. I often get lost in some of our conversations about ethics and I think she was getting a little frustrated with my inability to truly understand ethics. That's why I decided to read this book. I now have a much broader understanding of the field of ethics thanks to this author's hard work. The author does a thorough job of guiding us through modern ethics from income taxes to the meaning of faith. I particularly enjoyed the sections on Big Pharma Monopoly (pharmaceuticals can be as dangerous as street drugs) and justice ("the purchase of justice is best described as legalized corruption" -- such a true statement and a sad reflection of the state of our current society).
Other highlights -- a well formatted table of contents makes it easy to navigate through the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Conquers All March 5, 2014
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Ethical Empowerment by Arthur D Schwartz explores the world of philosophy and how it could be applied today. The first two sections of the book are devoted to analyses and interpretation of philosophy and its conundrums. Here Schwartz has been very meticulous and has offered a variety of interpretations given by some of the great theorists.

For those less acquainted with philosophy, the third section is an easier read as Schwartz applies a more relaxed style of writing in discussing the erroneous nature of today’s social, political, fiscal, scientific and economic structures. In true philosophy style he encourages the reader to think outside the square by offering alternative models. Living in an egalitarian country (New Zealand) I concur with the ideals of free health and education, an adequate safety net to cover the needs of those at the bottom of the heap and a fairer distribution of wealth. A health system where one has to pay is oxymoronic, especially if one arrives in a hospital’s accident and emergency room only to be turned away because one hasn’t got their wallet on them. Utilitarianism has limitations. There needs to be discrimination and inequity to serve as an incentive for and reflection of ones contribution to society. Partly for this reason I would side with the libertarian approach to individual ownership of land, but for greater equality favour a progressive tax system. I strongly differ with Schwartz here because he proposes a radical overall of the tax system—a rejection of all taxes—that is replaced with public ownership of land and real estate.

The fourth section ‘Power and Humility, expands on the author’s model for a better world and religious harmony. It takes us back to biblical times and Abraham and Isaac.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and logical February 24, 2014
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I just completed this book and cannot wait to read it again---the next time to make annotations of great conversation topics, family dinner discussions and more. Philosophical books are one of my hidden loves and this one has made my Top Ten. If I had had this book while teaching at the college level, I could have had even more dynamic class discussions. The author interweaves classic philosophers throughout his work to bolster his thesis as well as educate the reader. I am having my daughter read this before she starts college this Fall as I think it will stimulate her thinking and best of all, underscore her last 18 years of parental advice.
I really like this book! What comprises morality and ethics? Read the book to find out (I'll give you a hint, its a four letter word)
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Arthur is a lifelong student of philosophy, and director of Integral Hypnosis, a hypnotherapy and philosophical counseling practice located in Newton, MA USA. Six years of research and seven years of writing have resulted in the book, Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms. In Ethical Empowerment, an ethical theory is developed that is based upon a view that beliefs need to be challenged with opposing perspectives, and on a philosophical conception of love as the underlying principle of morality. The philosophical and practical dimensions of this theory are then entertained. Many social, economic, political and intellectual issues are explored from this vantage. Additional works are forthcoming.

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