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This book makes you think
on September 20, 2015
This book read like a college textbook survey of philosophies on justice, which it is. As a layman I was initially looking for something simpler level and with absolute conclusions on what is right and what is wrong. Instead I got an education on how philosophers have viewed this question over the ages and frankly a slightly unsatisfying conclusion. With a technical background I was looking for a simpler (one plus one equals two) conclusions. Instead with some stark examples- drawn out to an extreme scenario the author challenged my basic beliefs on what is right and what is wrong. Most importantly he left the reader recognizing that in some situations there is no right or wrong as all possible options had shades of gray. While a given society can define an absolute right (or wrong) trying to apply this absolute without the cultural background lends itself to moral traps. But if right can only be defined i terms of the culture you belong does what is right and what is wrong vary as cultures change? Like pornography does the boundaries change with cultural changes? Pictures of ladies ankles may have been pornographic at one time, while statues of naked men or even woman were accepted at other times. Is there a logical code that says one of these was always wrong?
This book makes you think. If you have trouble with the front section focus on the examples , the dilemmas posed, and especially the concepts in the last few chapters. But if you can, try and stay with the author throughout his thought process.