10 Moral Paradoxes
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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“Smilansky’s examples are freshly minted… They’re thought provoking, and Smilansky’s discussion is a pleasure… [I]f we take morality seriously, we need to reflect with open minds about the kinds of cases he describes, and finding views we can live with will constitute some kind of progress in our moral life.” (Mark Sainsbury FBA, Times Literary Supplement)
“Saul Smilansky's 10 Moral Paradoxes is a delightful book. The paradoxes are easy to appreciate and though it's written in a light and accessible style, it still has plenty of philosophical heft. ” (Michael Cholbi, PEA Soup)
“His writing is clear and lively. He avoids unnecessary technicalities. His ideas are grounded in vivid examples.” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 2009)
“[B]rief, succinct, and a pleasure to read. Some of the chapters (for instance, the chapter on Fortunate Misfortune) would also make excellent reading for seminars on any undergraduate course… It is well worth reading.” (Theoria)
"Smilansky has written a book in which he argues, in my view persuasively, that much of our thinking within and about morality leads to paradox... [He] delights in the complexity of the moral life and his approach is tailored to uncover rather than to conceal that complexity. Moral thinking can and should be as deep, as exhilarating and as surprising as intelligently reflective life itself... This is an excellent book which I recommend wholeheartedly... I know of no better book to serve as an introduction to moral philosophy." J.A. Burgess, Analysis, June 13, 2011"This is a delightful and engaging little book. With its bite-size chapters, lively exposition, and important subject matter, this is the kind of book that can spark an interest in philosophy among those unfamiliar with it. But its appeal is not limited to neophytes; it poses significant new challenges to moral theory that even hardened professional philosophers will find stimulating and provocative."
–Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University
"Smilansky has an unerring eye for noticing intriguing – sometimes quite startling – paradoxes, both in our common unreflective attitudes to much of the business of ordinary life and in our more reasoned positions on a wide variety of public issues and personal concerns. From retirement to blackmail to punishment to the nature of moral complaint, his ability to isolate the anomalies and inconsistencies that beset our thinking about these and other subjects provides us with a set of essays that are at once provocative and illuminating. No one can fail to benefit from reading this book."
–Hillel Steiner, Manchester University