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The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature Paperback – April 14, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195396256 ISBN-10: 0195396251 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (April 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195396251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195396256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I found the text to be first-rate and a pleasure to use as a core volume."--Neil Delaney, University of Nevada, Las Vegas"The volume compares very favorably with other texts in the introduction to ethics market. I rate it as the best current reader."--Kevin Harrelson, Ball State University

About the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the former editor of Free Inquiry magazine and the former executive editor of the philosophy journal Philo. The late Louis P. Pojman was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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This was a great introduction to major ethical theories and the excerpts from literature really helped to illustrate the ideas.
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This book is not only great for a text but also very interesting to read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on October 23, 2003
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I use this book as a text book for my introduction to ethics course at a local community college. This book is not only great for a text but also very interesting to read. Some of the selections are difficult to understand and are difficult reading but over all it is a great book for those wishing to gain a broad base of knowledge on a variety of moral theories and issues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Dunn on January 20, 2005
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This is the best book available on the interrelationship between ethics and literature. Seeing the moral dimension of the works of Hawhorne, Hugo, Huxley, LeGuin and scores of others highlights the importance of morality in our lives and awakens the imagination to possibilities hitherto ignored. This is a wonderful book which every intlligent person should read.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Case on February 14, 2007
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I felt compelled to write this review after seeing certain things in other reviews which attack the character of this man, rather than the quality of the passages contained in the text. I hope that this review will educate individuals about the text, as well as the passages contained in the text.

Firstly i take issue with this personal attack on Pojman. Yes, I disagree with 99% percent of what this man believes on issues concerning morality, but I don't think attacking his character is a fair way to review his text. Secondly, many people, including my fellow students, felt as though Pojman presented his opinions in a fundamentalist light, which would certainly follow because of his own beliefs. Though there are certainly shades of fundamentalism and even neo-conservatism in this book, is that necessarily a bad thing?

The purpose of this book was to present ethics in as many ways as possible. Though there does seem to be an proportionately large amount of material in here that most postmodern, existential, utilitarian, conflict theorist, etc... would disagree with. It is important for a college student in an intro to ethics class to be exposed to different points of view, even if they aren't popular.

And all the popular points are certainly there as well. Nietzsche, Mill, Dostoevsky, Hobbes. Certainly this book could have been more comprehensive and presented in a more relative light (as Pojman will show favoritism in painfully obvious ways) but hey, as far as intro to ethics books go this is about as good as it gets. Most level-headed college students that walk into a class that uses this book will walk out remembering the classic texts, and not the obscurities carefully selected by Pojman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles C. Twombly on March 2, 2007
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I've used various editions of this text over a six-year period and found them excellent--a nice blend of theory and (literary) experience. To borrow from Kant, "Theory without experience is empty; experience without theory is blind." Some of the reviews below illustrate why ethics (and philosophy generally) so desperately needs to be studied. Muddleheadedness is (frequently) a curable disease. Pojman is part of the cure, not the illness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sterniemom on December 17, 2012
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This was a great introduction to major ethical theories and the excerpts from literature really helped to illustrate the ideas. I went into my philosophy class without enthusiasm and really ended up enjoying it. The book arrived in good condition with only a few notes from the previous owner or renter.
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By SamanthaCuhel on March 5, 2015
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Purchased for my Ethics class and am very pleased with the book.
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By KBirk on March 29, 2015
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Great book. I'm Currently using for a philosophy class.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angelique Griffth on July 14, 2010
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Loved this book. Got it for a college course so we only went through parts of it. I put it aside for personal reading I loved it so much...
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