- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (July 20, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415261279
- ISBN-13: 978-0415261272
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,042,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book starts with the warning that it is not a guidebook for ethical living. What it does do is plant hundreds of more ethical questions in your mind, fulfilling its role as a light hearted, lively introduction to the subject of ethical philosophy. It may not make you a better person or resolve all your problems, but it's a great work out for your brain!' - Get Ethical.com
This book has proved to be invaluable in a pilot project promoting Philosophy and discussion activities in our school. We use this book twice a week as the basis of group discussions of ethical issues, and it is a great success...There is something here for students and people of all ages. I heartily recommend this book, as well as [Martin Cohen's] previous one, which we have enjoyed equally. - Michael Brett, Head of Philosophy, Lochinver School
'101 Ethical Dilemmas... is a chatty, jokey journey through philosophical dilemmas ancient and modern... the philosophy is the real thing.' - New Scientist
'The logical positivists might have called ethics gobbledegook, but it is well and truly on the menu here in 101 courses' - Age
'101 Ethical Dilemmas is the natural sequal to [101 Philosophy Problems] that wonderful book...it's entertainment that trains you to think more intelligently about discerning right and wrong and about how you choose to act.' - Fish.co.uk
'101 Ethical Dilemmas is a well-structured book which raises many of the ethical issues of today's world.' - Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, The Australian Jewish News
'Martin Cohen does a good job of weaving some intriguing stories and classic philosophical ideas and arguments into the discussions.' - James Ladyman, senior lecturer in philosophy, Bristol University, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'... Cohen does a good job in weaving some intriguing stories and classic philosophical ideas'
- James Ladyman, Times Higher Education Supplement
About the Author
Martin Cohen is currently working as a researcher at the College of St. Mark and St. John in Plymouth. He is the author of 101 Philosophy Problems, 2nd edition (2002) published by Routledge.
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Cohen appears most familiar with Aristotle and Plato, with Immanuel Kant's notion of Duty, with David Hume's Ethical Subjectivism and with Bentham's notions of Utility.
Other lines of thought like Aquinas' doctrine of double effect (page 212) are (humor aside) simply ridiculed. I do get that Mr. Cohen is altogether uncomfortable with the notion of war; but "Collateral Damage" is NOT of NO IMPORT at all to our military.
Possible "Collateral Damage" is to be carefully weighed and considered and AVOIDED when possible in the "damned if you do and damned if you don't" business of war. Thus , prospects of excessive "collateral damage" would imply that a proposed strategy Ethically should be abandoned...
Certainly NO philosophy can confuse the notion that war SHOULDN'T EXIST with the notion that war DOES NOT EXIST. Given that existence, certainly war SHOULD NOT be fought without ANY moral principles at all! What principles do exist? How should Ethical principles be correctly applied to the messy business that is war?
Locke is mentioned on page 346 as an altruist, but John Locke's notion of self-evident Human Rights is unmentioned. Unmentioned is the "Natural Law" that is the basis of our U.S. Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. (Natural law does get mentioned on page 321 as somehow protecting animal rights, but with no good description of what Natural Law might be...)
Natural Law was also the basis of the 1948 United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I lived through the 1960s in the United States on the Mason-Dixon line...and at least to me, Civil Rights do seem kind of important-- so where did the notions come from?
Cohen mentions that Moral Relativism is an "ethical hobgoblin" but gives no real discussion of WHY Relativism wreaks total havoc with moral reasoning (my hat is off here to Peter Kreeft's playful book on refuting moral relativism).
On page 272 of the Cohen (or a typographic error) mistakenly attributes a Vegetarian Manifesto passage to the Bible (specifically to Genesis 1:29).
"Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life only comes from life, and death always comes from death."
As near as I can tell this passage comes from the "Essenes Gospel of Peace" that Edmund Bordeaux Szekely claimed to translated from a Vatican Hebrew Manuscript. The doctrine in the "Gospel of Peace" passage does not resemble that found in either the Dead Sea Scrolls doctrine nor does it resemble Genesis 1:29 doctrine.
With the above Caveats understood, Cohen's book IS entertaining and engaging...it COULD be well used in an Ethics class as a focus of discussion-- but such discussion should be accompanied by clear presentations of ALL commonly applied Ethical Principles and how one might go about applying them to all the entertaining dilemmas Cohen presents.
The book would be fine at a price of 3.99 MAX.
I will always remember this author's name "Martin Cohen" and steer clear of his overpriced work.
I should mention that I have enjoyed Amazon .com for a number of years and will continue.
I do not want to leave the impression that Amazon.com is responsible for this book's inflated pricing,
the fault lies with the author's inflated sense of his work.
My personal favorites are Gyge's Ring, the e-Ville vs STUMP battle, and the story of the sinking ship and the lifeboats. You will pick up favorites that will intrigue you, too. Cohen went out of his way to deliver a book that will make you think, and he didn't come up short.
But some stories were there for show; any person with the tiniest grain of morality inside them will know the obvious answer.
Don't let that put you off buying it; it's still a good book you can use on your friends. They'll stay up at night thinking (should he let Tom on the lifeboat? Should he push him back? AARRGHH!!).