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What is Ethics?

James P. Sterba

ISBN: 978-1-509-53102-8 January 2020 Polity 160 Pages

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Ethics is a field of study that we all need. This is because we all make choices, and ethics is about the general norms that govern how we should make those choices. Not surprisingly, there is disagreement over what the “norms” are, but by working through such disagreement, we can learn how to make better choices.

James P. Sterba presents a general overview of ethics, using relevant examples and accessible arguments. He takes up the question of why we should be ethical or moral, discusses competing ethical theories and proposes a way to reconcile them, and considers the relationship between ethics and religion. Ultimately, he reveals how the material discussed in the book can be used to make better ethical choices in our day-to-day lives.

<i>What is Ethics?</i> is a book you can rely on to improve your ability to make ethical choices.

Preface
Acknowledgments

1 Introduction
2 Why be Moral?
3 Consequentialism
4 Nonconsequentialism
5 Reconciliation
6 Morality and Religion
7 Conclusion

Notes