Ethics. Discovering Right and Wrong. Third Edition. LOUIS P. POJMAN. UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY. Wadsworth Publishing Company. I T P® An. How do you know right from wrong? ETHICS: DISCOVERING RIGHT AND WRONG shows you how history’s greatest thinkers have understood ethics and gives. Discovering Right and Wrong has 7 ratings and 2 reviews. Carrie said: Sooooo, obviously I had to read this book for my college Ethic’s class but I swear.
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To ask other readers questions about Ethicsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 08, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: I gave this book 5 stars because it achieves what it sets out to achieve better than any other book that purports to do the same – provide an introduction to ethics.
Pojman’s book title is an intentional play on the title of ethicist J. Pojman is well known for putting together many anthologies on disparate branches of philosophical inquiry. Ethics was his specialty he did his Ph. If Pojman read the many articles he selected to b I gave this book 5 stars because it achieves what it sets out to achieve better than any other book that purports to do the same – provide an introduction to ethics.
If Pojman read the many articles he selected to be part of his anthologies, this would then put him in a good position to write an introduction to the subject.
Pojman covers much ground in his little book. Not only does he discuss many major ethical theories, viz. His writing is clear and conversational, and didcovering presentations of the various positions he discusses are fair.
Pojman has a definite opinion, though, and he doesn’t shy away from promoting it.
Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong by Louis P. Pojman
Pojman offers what he riscovering an “ethical naturalism” as a theory that “seems right. This naturalism adds a teleological aspect to his morality – to which an argument can be given fits best within a theistic worldview think Plantinga and proper function epistemology. But, that’s my inference, not Pojman’s.
Pojman actually aims to present a neutral ethic.
One which both theist and secularist could join hands in holding. He does give a nod towards the theist, maintaining that perhaps there are morally relevant advantages to theism. It would be interesting to discuss the merits of Pojman’s arguments here, and the rest of the positions and arguments in the book, which are subject, each and every one, to intense debate in the relevant ethical literature, but that’s not my purpose in writing this review – nor do I have the time to explore these avenues!
Loouis to say, I think this book the best introduction to the subject that I have encountered. Not only for the information conveyed to the reader, but for the high potential it has to spark numerous personal both inter- and intra-or classroom, discussion.
Having heaped such laudatory comments, I’ll end with a slight critique. Pojman says that his position is naturalistic, he says that what makes his position “naturalistic,” is that “moral properties supervene on natural ones. He claims that all he is saying by calling himself a naturalist is that he is taking a functional approach to ethics, but he is not advancing metaphysical naturalism.
Pojman does not define what he means here. Shafer-Landau points out that there are metaphysical naturalists who are non-reductionists about moral principles, and so this point in Pojman’s argument needs a bit of cleaning up. But again, it is an introduction, so I guess I wouldn’t say I offered a critiquebut just made a point of technicality that Pojman is not altogether clear about.
Sep 25, Russell rated it really liked it. I haven’t read many textbooks since finishing grad school over a decade ago.
I read this one, however, because a friend recommended it as a better than average book on the philosophy of ethics. I have to say that I agree that it is an excellent book. Pojman, a professor of philosophy at West Point, takes the reader on a journey through the history of all of the major schools of ethical thought. He does an excellent job of presenting all of the major opinions on each subject, even I haven’t read many textbooks since finishing grad school over a decade ago.
He does an excellent job of presenting all of the major opinions on each subject, even when they differ from his righr. But he doesn’t stop here. He doesn’t hesitate to offer his own opinions clearly labeled as his own or to admit when he hasn’t been able to formulate a strong position on a difficult issue. This magnanimity is one of the book’s strengths. Ultimately, Pojman argues correctly, in my opinion for the existence discvering objective ethics that exists without the necessity of an all powerful creator although he doesn’t exclude the possibility of a creator either.
Sep 15, Nastja Belkov rated it really liked it Shelves: A very interesting read. All the theories were thoroughly explained and illustrated with a lot of relatable and interesting examples from history, literature and everyday life.
Sep 17, Rargen rated it liked it. Required for my ethics class at Darton College: The short length makes it easy for an introduction to ethics, but as such it leaves a lot out and is eager to make compromises not philosophically justified. Then again it is an introductory text and this is just another point of righy.
Aug 30, Maryam rated it liked it. A painful read, but mostly because I can’t understand almost half the things discussed in it. People with higher IQ would be able to understand it, no doubt. It’s a textbook, so it’s very textbook-ish. But I like how the author gives lots of “exercise questions” lol for students to answer. Which, I skipped, naturally.
Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong
This book is easy to read and informative, but I can’t say it was discoveriny necessary as a required text for a philosophy class. I think wikipedia had more complete and concise summaries of the material, to be honest. Not a textbook I would like to keep, unfortunately it has no sell-back value. May 14, Jocasta Collier rated it it was amazing Shelves: I Loved this book and have found it extremely useful. It provides a nice overview of the field and is a great starting point in ethics research.
Dec 09, Daniel rated it it was amazing.
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This was a great introductory text. Nov 19, Scott Carles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent treatment of ethics covering different schools of thought. A fair treatment and overview of the most pressing topics in ethics. Taylor Brown rated it it was ok Nov 04, Brian Dichter rated it really liked it May 13, Trevor Treharne rated it really liked it Aug 03, Derek Brent rated it liked it Mar 21, Brad rated it liked it Jan 08, Anders Bostrom rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Lori Chatwin rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Katelyn Shaver rated it really liked it May 29, Tarmo rated it it was ok Apr 12, Clint rated it really liked it Jul 02, John rated it really liked it Jan 18, Brian rated it liked it Apr 13, Katariina Ub rated it liked it Oct 21, Doug Eaton rated it really liked it May 16, Samuel Gregg rated it really liked it Nov 25, Jan-Matthias rated it it was amazing Feb 10, Conrad rated it really liked it Jan 19, Stephanie rated it really liked it Jan 30, Kate Gual rated it really liked it Jan 31, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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