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“A thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” (Jimmy Carter)

“A brilliant analysis that squarely faces all the issues and can be grasped by the thoughtful nonspecialist.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Should you take a much-needed vacation or save money for the kids' education? Protect the endangered owl or maintain jobs for loggers? Have a heart-to-heart with a lying employee or fire him on the spot?

All of us face ethical choices. Sometimes they're easy: One side is wrong and the other is right. But how do we handle the really tough "right vs. right" dilemmas, where each side has strong moral arguments and we can't do both? This book helps us build Ethical Fitness®—a values-based decision-making process so definitive that it's now a registered trade mark.

Rushworth M. Kidder, founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, teaches us how to think for ourselves in order to resolve ethical dilemmas ranging from the intimately personal to the broadly philosophical. Unique in its approach and rich with illustrative anecdotes—updated with examples of real-world conflicts from today's political realm and from Dr. Kidder's own observations—How Good People Make Tough Choices is an indispensable resource for spotting, understanding, and resolving our toughest decisions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rev Upd edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061743992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061743993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not a bad read if you're looking into ways to break down moral decisions. The book provides a clear way to identify what kind of dilemma is in front of you and by the end provides the author's insight on which decisions seem to be most beneficial. However the criteria for decision making as the author hopes the readers to take in by the end of the book is at times muddled and subjective. Your idea of utilitarianism may be to save the bus full of children but my idea of it may be to save the one doctor who might go on to cure cancer. In the end all the reader is left with is the understanding that there are decisions which they will face with no right (or rather wrong) choice and that the choice they do make will define their ethical character. Whether you choose mercy over justice or the individual over society doesn't matter as long as you have the common sense to make the decision yourself and stand by it. Whether you need to read this book or not to make "tough" decisions depends on how hard set your core values are but you'll have nothing to lose from reading it.
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This book points out aptly how several of our values, such as mercy and justice as one several pairs, come in conflict. It isn't so much a good value vs. a bad value in many cases, but that our values actually conflict. He covers this subject and hopefully contributes to the perception that most people intend to do good but simply weigh one value as higher than the other. This explains why, for instance, a judge may sentence a rich youth less severely than a poor youth, viewing the crime as either a mistake deserving mercy or a crime deserving justice, depending on the judge's own personal evaluation of or affinity for the youth.
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This is the book my ethics class is based on. This author knows his subject well and I enjoyed reading the real-life scenarios presented. We have all faced right vs. right situations in our lives and this was very informative and though provoking.
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The late Rushworth Kidder, who founded the Institute for Global Ethics, wrote this and "Moral Courage" - both of which I have read and use regularly, and buy to give as training "prizes" (if the recipients are ethically allowed to accept!) in ethics training in the meetings & hospitality industry.

Highly recommended.
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This is a well-written introduction to practical ethics and more. A journalist, Kidder's first goal is to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide audience. Kidder gives readers a thorough discussion of what constitutes ethical thinking, including selected excellent quotes and references from historic and modern sources. His many examples can help real people faced with real ethical choices wade through "right versus wrong" moral temptations and, far more commonly and importantly, the "right versus right" dilemmas.
The book is a "chewer," but the meal is a virtual Thanksgiving.
Jim Hulbert
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ethics from a brilliant philosopher :makes the subject come alive: applies it to everyday issues.
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In this time, as well as times before, we need to thoughtfully think about our choices and how we make our choices. Kidder's book logically presents a framework for thinking about our "right vs. right" choices. This is your read if you want to clarify your ethics.
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Good coverage of the subject, well illustrated with many examples.
It is easy to read, but sometimes a little repetitive and much success stories.
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