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Arthur Dobrin takes a novel approach to the study of ethics: Instead of crafting complex ethical systems, he encourages his readers to figure out their own standards. He does this by sketching the broad outlines of Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the ethical thinking of the world’s great philosophers. After laying this basic groundwork, he proceeds to present readers with a series of scenarios in which they are asked to decide what they would do. Dobrin hopes that readers will discover patterns in their responses that will reveal their own ethical systems. highly recommends this enlightening book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The origins of the dominant ethical norms of Western society;
  • The various types of ethical systems used by peoples and cultures throughout the world, and
  • How to use hypothetical scenarios to identify your own moral patterns in order to improve your ethical decision making.

About the Author

Arthur Dobrin is a professor of humanities at Hofstra University, where he teaches literature, religious ethics and the psychology of morality. In addition, he has been a member of a Human Subjects Review Board at a major teaching hospital for several years, and is now a member of the Ethics Committee at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.



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Ethics involve making decisions about what is right or wrong. Ethics are important because in general, the people who are happiest in life are those who find balance between their ethical values and other values. By living the good life, you are more likely to live a happy...

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