Ethics For Dummies

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An easy-to-grasp guide to addressing the principles of ethics and applying them to daily life

How do you define "good" versus "evil?" Do you know the difference between moral "truth" and moral relativity? Whether or not you know Aristotle from Hume, Ethics For Dummies will get you comfortable with the centuries-old study of ethical philosophy quickly and effectively!

Ethics For Dummies is a practical, friendly guide that takes the headache out of the often-confusing subject of ethics. In plain English, it examines the controversial facets of ethical thought, explores the problem of evil, demystifies the writings and theories of such great thinkers through the ages as Aristotle, Confucius, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, and so much more.Provides the tools to tackle and understand today's important questions and ethical dilemmasShows you how to apply the concepts and theories of ethical philosophy to your everyday lifeOther title by Panza: Existentialism For Dummies

Whether you're currently enrolled in an ethics course or are interested in living a good life but are vexed with ethical complexities, Ethics For Dummies has you covered!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470591714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470591710
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great Ethics book!

10 people found this helpful.
 on September 16, 2011
By NuclearJulian
I loved this book! I think I read it from cover to cover in less that three days!! I used this book as preparation for an ethics class that I had to take in college. To be honest, I was not thrilled with the idea of taking an Ethics class; I am an Engineering mayor, and I am not a big fun of this kind of classes. However, this book really got me excited about ethics, It made me think and question my ethical foundations.

Ethics for Dummies

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 4, 2011
By Peter Browning
“Ethics for Dummies” is a very helpful book. It has several strengths:

An Able and Comprehensive Introduction to Ethics

6 people found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2012
By Avery Snelson
I still remember my first philosophy class fondly. We were required to read no less than four texts: an anthology of primary source material covering the bulk of Western ethical thought from Aristotle to J.S. Mill, a secondary source to supplement and help us navigate that quite difficult reading, Confucius’ Analects, which is often neglected in classical treatments ethics, and finally, Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals — just to test whether or not that foundation we had been building for the past fourteen weeks was worth anything in the final analysis. My Professor for that class was none other than Chris Panza, one of the authors of this book. Thankfully I can report that he and Adam Potthast have brought the same lucid and thought provoking process to Ethics for Dummies that kept me from drowning at sea years earlier.

Amazing Help for Class! Great Book Alone!

 on December 4, 2016
By Dawn Harwood
This book was amazing!

Helpful as a Secondary Resource

 on February 6, 2015
By Maryanne V. Fraleigh
I bought this to help me get through an Ethics class. It doesn’t contain all that my textbook does, but it has proven to be helpful. Even though this series of books is written in simple terms, some of the explanations and definitions are still a little tough to comprehend, but then again we are talking about Philosophy which can be very dense material. I would recommend it as a reference book for clarity or secondary resource.

Great for a textbook, decision-making helper, or just to read if you are interested in philosophy.

 on November 15, 2013
By Melissa Michaelis
This is a great book for a student in an ethics course, or really anyone interested in philosophy. It outlines and explains several different ethical theories and is much easier to read than the original texts, while not dumbing down the content in any way. After the course is over I will keep the book because it really does come in handy when making important decisions to consider the different ways one can look at a problem, and this book helps you do just that.

An Ethics Book for Everyone

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2011
By Will
This is an excellent book. The “For Dummies” books are always informative, but credit must go to Christopher Panza and Adam Potthast for writing a book that is not only informative, but interesting, humorous (where appropriate), and thought-provoking as well.

Ethics for Dummies

One person found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2013
By Jennifer Shuey
This totally helped me understand my ethics theories in plain English! I didn’t feel so “dumb” when I had to write my papers.

Helped on my exam!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 9, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Passed my Ethics exam with a B. Used this book along with my other material. Helped to make somethings easier to understand.

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