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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rev Upd edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061743992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061743993
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” (Jimmy Carter)

“A brilliant analysis that squarely faces all the issues and can be grasped by the thoughtful nonspecialist.” (Kirkus Reviews)

From the Back Cover

Should you take a much-needed vacation or save money for the kids' education? Protect the endangered owl or maintain jobs for loggers? Have a heart-to-heart with a lying employee or fire him on the spot?

All of us face ethical choices. Sometimes they're easy: One side is wrong and the other is right. But how do we handle the really tough "right vs. right" dilemmas, where each side has strong moral arguments and we can't do both? This book helps us build Ethical Fitness®—a values-based decision-making process so definitive that it's now a registered trade mark.

Rushworth M. Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, teaches us how to think for ourselves in order to resolve ethical dilemmas ranging from the intimately personal to the broadly philosophical. Unique in its approach and rich with illustrative anecdotes—updated with examples of real-world conflicts from today's political realm and from Dr. Kidder's own observations—How Good People Make Tough Choices is an indispensable resource for spotting, understanding, and resolving our toughest decisions.


More About the Author

Prior to founding the Institute for Global Ethics in Camden, Maine, and London, England, Rushworth M. Kidder, Ph.D., was a senior columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. For the past fifteen years he has worked to refine the guidelines for ethical decision making through the institute's mission of research, public discourse, and practical action. Kidder leads seminars, gives keynote speeches, and conducts interviews with global leaders. He is an award-winning author of eight books on subjects ranging from twentieth-century poetry to the global ethical future and is a trustee of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. He serves on the advisory board of the Kenan Ethics Center at Duke University, the advisory council of the Character Education Partnership, and the advisory board of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on public television. In addition to his weekly columns for the institute's Ethics Newsline, Kidder's op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. He lives with his family in Lincolnville, Maine.

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Really gives you a view of Right vs. Right situations.
Mark Metoyer
I like the first portion of this book; however, the more I read the less I liked it.
ERD
This is a well-written introduction to practical ethics and more.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By h.v.kellybrilliant on August 13, 2010
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ethics from a brilliant philosopher :makes the subject come alive: applies it to everyday issues.
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In this time, as well as times before, we need to thoughtfully think about our choices and how we make our choices. Kidder's book logically presents a framework for thinking about our "right vs. right" choices. This is your read if you want to clarify your ethics.
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Not a bad read if you're looking into ways to break down moral decisions. The book provides a clear way to identify what kind of dilemma is in front of you and by the end provides the author's insight on which decisions seem to be most beneficial. However the criteria for decision making as the author hopes the readers to take in by the end of the book is at times muddled and subjective. Your idea of utilitarianism may be to save the bus full of children but my idea of it may be to save the one doctor who might go on to cure cancer. In the end all the reader is left with is the understanding that there are decisions which they will face with no right (or rather wrong) choice and that the choice they do make will define their ethical character. Whether you choose mercy over justice or the individual over society doesn't matter as long as you have the common sense to make the decision yourself and stand by it. Whether you need to read this book or not to make "tough" decisions depends on how hard set your core values are but you'll have nothing to lose from reading it.
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By Josee Paye on May 19, 2014
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I choice this rate because I have to deal with dilemmas every day as a respiratory therapist. The book was educating and I did learned a lot about other tough choices people do had to make during their career.
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By Mark Metoyer on May 5, 2014
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The concept and models are not like your average ethics training workshop.
The examples Dr. Kidder uses in the book are right to the point.
Really gives you a view of Right vs. Right situations.
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The late Rushworth Kidder, who founded the Institute for Global Ethics, wrote this and "Moral Courage" - both of which I have read and use regularly, and buy to give as training "prizes" (if the recipients are ethically allowed to accept!) in ethics training in the meetings & hospitality industry.

Highly recommended.
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His content is great but he tends to have to much language so his message becomes unclear. He gives great examples and expounds on them.
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Good coverage of the subject, well illustrated with many examples.
It is easy to read, but sometimes a little repetitive and much success stories.
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