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What Should I Do?: Philosophers on the Good, the Bad, and the Puzzling 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199586127
ISBN-10: 0199586128
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Alexander George is Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College. He is the editor of What Would Socrates Say? Philosophers Answer Your Questions About Love, Nothingness, and Everything Else and the author of a humor book Sense and Nonsensibility: Lampoons of Learning and Literature (with Lawrence Douglas). He founded AskPhilosophers.org in 2005.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199586128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199586127
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, a panel of thirty-two philosophers expresses their considered views on a blizzard of common but thorny ethical questions surrounding our life. Since there is no one-size-fits-all moral principle to respond to different problems in life, the key objective of this book is to guide readers to understand all those questions in life from divergent moral philosophies.

This book consists of four key chapters with questions pertinent to personal life, the public world, politics, and the nature of morality. Questions contained in the first three chapters are all morality-related such as sex, abortion, death, business, environment, religion, rights, and government. The last chapter depicts in details key values of moral philosophy and how philosophers have strived their best attempt to define moral from immoral.

This book can be an elementary philosophical reading for those who are interested in knowing more about how to "do the right thing" in their life. Some of the questions contained in this book can lead to critical scrutiny and imaginative inquiry. For example, suicide is deemed to be illegal in different societies due to three key plausible reasons, including religious command enforcement, protection of persons, and protection of persons other than the would-be suicide. The first reason is less plausible in democratic countries because the government cannot impose their religion on their citizens. However, there is a strong paternalistic reason to prevent persons from suicide because suicide can be detrimental to those who depend on the would-be-suicide such as dependent children. In telling lies, Deontologists (Kantianism) can say that dishonesty is always wrong.
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