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Moral Literacy: or How to Do the Right Thing 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0872201965
ISBN-10: 0872201961
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A great resource for beginning ethics courses. The book is short and yet it richly embodies the methods of ethical thinking about practical moral problems that are hard for students to learn unless they see them in action. McGinn perspicuously sets out a small set of basic principles and then attacks the problems of our treatment of animals, abortion, sex, censorship, and so on, with a masterful blend of attention to real-life cases and imaginary thought experiments. McGinn hardly claims to have the last word on the complex issues he discusses, and students will find many exciting problems and points to take up. --Owen Flanagan, Duke University

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Colin McGinn

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 2nd edition (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872201961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872201965
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 21.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By NYVegan on October 12, 2010
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As Sam Harris recently pointed out, "One of the biggest problems we're facing is in creating a global civilization based on shared values". To face that problem, we need to be giving similar answers to our most pressing problems, not ignore, ridicule, or vilify those who hold different views. Professor McGinn attempts to do that in his easy-to-read but hard-to-dismiss 108-page guide to moral literacy.

As McGinn states in his intro, using informed and thoughtful moral judgments to solve moral problems shouldn't be left to "priests and pundits and politicians." In the best case, these would-be moral guides give people bad reasons to be good when good reasons are actually available. In the worst case, they separate moral thinking from the details of human and animal suffering.

McGinn addresses leading moral issues, including our treatment of nonhuman animals, abortion, violence, sex, non-medical and mind-altering drugs, censorship and virtue. In the rare instances where my knee-jerk biases and vested interests kept me from agreeing with him, I was quickly persuaded of the logic and moral coherence of his argument.

Perhaps the best gem of the book is his shortlist of basic virtues: kindness, honesty, justice and independence, and how they must interact to form a virtuous world. Independence, or the capacity to make up one's own mind and not be swayed by peer pressure or threats, is crucial, but as he notes, "comparatively rare".

While more thorough treatments on the subject exist, you will be hard-pressed to find a more condensed, yet intellectually satisfying approach to moral literacy. I purchased Marvin Brown's
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Nobis on January 13, 2003
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Short books seem to be a trend these days. This book is good and short, but it's packed full of all sorts of interesting stuff on how to think about morality and reasonably think about important moral issues. The writing style is fun and conversational. Very good!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dexter J. Epps on January 7, 2009
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I really enjoyed reading Colin McGinn's book, "Moral Literacy: Or How to Do the Right Thing ." I actually needed it for an online class that I took. The book was interesting. I gained a better appreciation of others' viewpoints although I did not (do not) always agree with their viewpoints. McGinn's book is also a good reference/resource for anyone who wants to know about issues that people are very passionate about.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schuyler on January 21, 2014
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Great condition. What do you they want a required amout of text. That is really annoying. We should not be forced to do this.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By meowlfox on February 12, 2012
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I bought this book for my ethics class. The book is easy to understand and loaded with information. The book is condensed which is a good thing. Theres more than a few interesting facts inside.
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