The Good Life contains an exposition and critique of the various ideals in living that have been advocated by major philosophers and schools of thought. In addition, the ethical problems of egoism, determinism, and relativism are explained and evaluated in both their classic Greek form and in the deconstruction of post-modernism.
The ideals that are discussed include hedonism as described by the Cyrenaics and Epicureans, and the Utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill; the naturalistic ethic of the Stoics, the Transcendentalists, the evolutionists, and the back-to-nature movement; the biblical ethic of Judaism and Christianity as well as the Eastern religions of Confucianism and Buddhism; and the Kantian ideal of duty and virtue ethics, including feminist theory. To illuminate various conceptions of the good life, multiple examples are drawn from contemporary life, including the abortion issue, racism, capital punishment, and multiculturalism.
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Burton F. Porter is professor of philosophy at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts.Review:
A handy overview of moral theory. It is one of the strengths of the book that many different resources are drawn upon. Given the amount of material he tries to cover within a relatively modest compass, he sets himself the goal of achieving brevity without sacrificing clarity, and in this he is successful. (Practical Philosophy)
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Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1980. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0023961201
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1980. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 23961201