Life's Hardest Questions: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy

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This moral philosophy text with readings embraces Socrates' observation that ethics is "no small matter, but how we ought to live." How ought we to live? This hard question captures the full range of moral inquiry from traditional moral theory to contemporary moral issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, and war. But there is much more to moral philosophy: How should we be as people? When should we forgive? Are we capable of morality? What about non-western ethics? And most distressing of all, why be moral in the first place? These and other challenging questions show the profundity and inescapable importance of moral philosophy for a life worth living. Life's Hardest Questions combines lively and informative introductory discussions with classic and contemporary writings in moral philosophy.

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Frederik Kaufman is a professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY. He has published articles in ethics, animal issues, environmental philosophy, and the metaphysics of death. In 2003 he published "Foundations of Environmental Philosophy with McGraw-Hill".

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