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The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems Paperback – July 1, 2011

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199773521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199773527
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The selection of texts is excellent. The small size of this book is one of its real strengths, which means Shafer-Landau had to make some tough choices about what to include and what not to. The choices are pretty much just right."--Brian L. Merrill, Brigham Young University-Idaho"Shafer-Landau's The Ethical Life is superior to Rachels' The Right Thing to Do. Shafer-Landau's reader, like its companion textbook, is both broader and deeper than Rachels'."--Eugene Marshall, Wellesley College"Its strengths are that it is smaller and shorter than most introductions to ethics, it has a question discussion section at the end of each reading, and there are supplementary materials online."--Amber E. George, Le Moyne College"The Shafer-Landau reader offers me much more flexibility [than Rachels' reader]. To think that I can get both [of the Shafer-Landau] books for $80, and that there might be a discount on bundling them together, is certainly a better option."--Jessica Logue, University of Portland"The companion website is also a useful additional tool [that Rachels doesn't have]. I am highly likely to continue using these texts for future ethics courses, rather than the Rachels books."--Richard Hine, University of Connecticut"The coverage is comprehensive. I appreciate the separation of value theory from normative ethics. The questions at the end of each reading are a bonus. I have adopted [The Fundamentals of Ethics] this term along with this anthology."--Patrick Martin Breen, College of Staten Island

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Russ Shafer-Landau is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS:

This book is a compilation of readings on Ethics. It is supposed to be the companion of the book The Fundamentals of Ethics, an exceptionally good introduction to the study of ethics.

Gilbert Harman, the famous contender against moral realism, Professor in Princeton, lists, in a program, a bunch of texts students should read while attending his course entitled PHI 202/CHV 202: Introduction to Moral Philosophy. Then he goes on to say that almost all of the texts he recommends can be found in Shafer-Landau's The Ethical Life: the book which I am reviewing right now!

TABLE OF CONTENTS (NOT AVAILABLE IN AMAZON'S WEBPAGE):

Unfortunately, the table of contents of this book is not explicit in Amazon's webpage. I give an overview from it below:

This book encompasses a very comprehensive sample of texts on Ethics. It is divided in four parts. The first one concerns the good life, including texts from Epicurus, Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick, etc. The second regards the different types of normative ethics or theories of right conduct. Authors such as Hobbes, Kant, J.J.C. Smart, and others appear here. The third deals with Metaethics and the status of morality, containing classics like Hume, Mackie (Excerpt from Inventing Right and Wrong), Gilbert Harman, etc.

Lastly, comes the fourth and best part, the one that really goes beyond the problems discussed in the counterpart of this book (The Fundamentals of Ethics). Part 4 adds very good texts on specific moral problems, such as Abortion, Euthanasia, Value of Human Life, Killing Animals, World Poverty, Manipulation of Genes and Clones, Terrorism, Admissibility of Torture, Adultery, Homosexuality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 18, 2013
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This is a companion volume to "The Fundamentals of Ethics." Unlike its companion, "The Ethical Life" is an anthology. The first three parts of the book, which comprise approximately half its contents, are devoted to theoretical ethics. The three parts are titled "Value Theory," "Normative Ethics," and "The Status of Morality" and contain mostly classical selections (with a few modern ones thrown in) in ethical theory (included selections from Epicurus, J.S. Mill, Plato, Kant, Hobbes, W.D. Ross, Aristotle, and others). Altogether there are 21 fairly short selections in these three sections, which is barely adequate to cover the various alternative theories put forth over the centuries. None are probed in depth.

The fourth part, which comprises the second half of the book, and is titled "Moral Problems," is devoted to several issues in what is often called "applied ethics." Perhaps because of space limitations only a few topics are covered with more than one article. There are three articles on abortion, two on euthanasia, three on animal rights and the environment, one on world poverty, one on homosexuality, two on terrorism, one on the drug war, two on the rights of children vs. parental rights, and two that appear to be on capital punishment. Trying to cover this range of topics with so few articles is hardly sufficient to provide the student with a balanced selection of the different viewpoints.

In sum, Shafer-Landau tries to do too much in a fairly short space. As a result, nothing is done really well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Peters on December 12, 2013
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I had to get this book for class, the author was interesting enough to hold my attention so that I could learn what I needed to for the course. As far as a textbook goes what more could you ask for?
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By Jose Lara on May 18, 2014
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Great Book, I used it for my philosophy class of Ethics. the Author does a great job explaining who should we live our life in a ethical meaningful way, by recognizing what's consider ethical in our social norms.
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By Mav34 on July 20, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. A plethora of ethical essays from splendid writers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Dutan on October 31, 2013
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Great book received in great condition. This book helps be a step closer to understanding the real core of philosophy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Christensen on September 25, 2013
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This book was exactly what the description stated! It got to me on time as well as being in great condition!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Oyler on September 5, 2013
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Some good stuff in the latter half of the book. The front moved a little slow and this newest edition left some good things out from the last edition.
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