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How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living
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“A thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” (Jimmy Carter )
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Should you take a much-needed vacation or save money for your children's education? Should you protect the endangered owl or maintain jobs for loggers?
How do you handle questions such as these? We frequently face ethical dilemmas in our daily lives, and few have trouble with the "right vs. wrong" choices. However, the "right vs. right" dilemmas, in which neither choice is clearly or widely accepted as wrong, many times present obstacles that call for value-based decisions, and that's where we often need help.
Kidder -- the founder of the Institute for Global Ethics -- teaches us how to think for ourselves in order to resolve any ethical dilemma, from the personal to the philosophical. Unique in its approach and full of illustrative anecdotes, How Good People Make Tough Choices is an indispensable resource for arriving at sound conclusions when facing tough choices.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Thought provoking, easily read....strongly recommend.
It seems to me that there are several fundamental problems which make this undertaking essentially impossible:
(1) Despite universalist claims to the contrary, values vary significantly among people and cultures (relativism), and any seemingly shared values are prone to frequent exceptions. Particular values have sometimes been asserted to be absolutely "true" on the basis of coming from a divine source (eg, most religions) or pure rationality (eg, Kant), but of course such claims aren't convincing to most people.
(2) Even if we could all agree on a universal set of values, circumstances in the real world prevent us from maximally satisfying all values simultaneously, so tradeoffs are usually inevitable. This means that the Kantian notion of rigidly adhering to particular values isn't possible, and consequences have to be considered (wouldn't you be willing to lie to a criminal in order to protect a loved one from being murdered?).
(3) Even if tradeoffs between values weren't required, the consequences of our choices are usually at least somewhat uncertain, so we can't be sure that a particular choice will satisfy particular values.
(4) Even if none of the above problems existed, given that resources are limited, we would still be left with the question of whose interest prevails in trying to achieve favorable outcomes. This is yet another value question which involves tradeoffs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was required for a class, but it is a really good book that I will probably keep for reference.Published 2 months ago by Rusti
Had to read this for a class, pretty dull and most of it is common sensePublished 5 months ago by charlotte
I am reading this book because my teacher makes it a textbook of a course. Not recommended...Published 11 months ago by CF
Good book with great life dilemmas that can be applied to any situation. I would recommend this book for someone who wants to see a new perspective on things.Published 17 months ago by hjfhjgf
Really makes you think about RIGHT vs. RIGHT decisions.
In other words, when you are "caught between a rock and a hard place."