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Reason and Insight : Western and Eastern Perspectives on the Pursuit of Moral Wisdom

Reason and Insight : Western and Eastern Perspectives on the Pursuit of Moral Wisdom - 2nd edition

Reason and Insight : Western and Eastern Perspectives on the Pursuit of Moral Wisdom - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780534505998

ISBN10: 0534505996

Reason and Insight : Western and Eastern Perspectives on the Pursuit of Moral Wisdom by Timothy Shanahan and Robin Wang - ISBN 9780534505998
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
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Reason and Insight : Western and Eastern Perspectives on the Pursuit of Moral Wisdom by Timothy Shanahan and Robin Wang - ISBN 9780534505998

ISBN13: 9780534505998

ISBN10: 0534505996

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 03

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Summary

The aim of REASON AND INSIGHT is twofold: first, to provide a comprehensive, multicultural introduction to ethics that includes substantial selections from the main Western and Eastern philosophies and religious traditions, and second, to enable students to explore how these perspectives are applied to a range of contemporary moral problems. Beginning with an engaging, accessible introduction to fundamental metaethical issues, the text then delves into particular ethical theories from both the Western and Eastern traditions. Finally, the relevance of these more abstract concerns is made more concrete in the concluding section that presents current scholarship devoted to applying these theories to pressing moral concerns with which students will be familiar. With REASON AND INSIGHT, students are exposed, in a single text, to all of the most important Western and Eastern moral theories and thereby are encouraged to reexamine critically their own moral perspectives in light of many other historically and/or culturally remote standpoints.

Benefits:

  • NEW! Three new sections, consisting of twelve essays on Technology, Media Ethics, and Business Ethics have been added to Part IV: Some Contemporary Moral Issues. Many of these essays were commissioned and written expressly for this edition.
  • NEW! Twenty new essays appear in those sections of Part IV preserved from the first edition. Many of these essays were commissioned and written expressly for this edition.
  • NEW! Contains updated suggestions for further reading in each section.
  • NEW! InfoTrac College Edition has been integrated into the text.
  • NEW! A new translation of the "Analects" is included, as well as an updated translation of "Tao Te Ching".
  • Substantial reading selections encourage students to examine for themselves and in detail the key original sources in both the Western and Eastern moral traditions.
  • Introductions and discussion questions for every reading selection assist students in identifying and critically assessing the most crucial ideas found in each reading.
  • Profiles in Parts II and III help students to appreciate the historical and intellectual context of featured theorists.
  • Extensive applications of moral perspectives in Part IV lay bare the undeniable relevance of the foregoing ethical theories.

Author Bio

Shanahan, Timothy : Loyola Marymount University


Wang, Robin : Loyola Marymount University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: METAETHICAL ISSUES.

How Ethical Issues Arise: An Example.
What Is Ethics?
Why Simply Obeying the Law Is Not Sufficient.
Does Morality Depend on Religion?.
Are Moral Standards "Relative?".
Is Ethics Possible, Given the Facts of Human Nature?
Ethical Egoism.
The Pursuit of Moral Wisdom.
The Broader Context of Moral Wisdom.

Part II: WESTERN ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES.

1. Greek Virtue Ethics.
2. Christian Natural Law Theory.
3. The Ethics of Duty.
4. Utilitarianism.

Part III: EASTERN ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES.

5. Confucianism.
6. Taoism.
7. Hinduism.
8. Buddhism.

Part IV: SOME CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES.

9. Sexual Morality.
10. Abortion.
11. Suicide and Euthanasia.
12. Morality within the Family.
13. Technology.
14. Ethics in the Media.
15. Ethics in Business.
16. The Environment.

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