Ethics: The Essential Writings (Modern Library Classics)

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In Ethics: The Essential Writings, philosopher Gordon Marino skillfully presents an accessible, provocative anthology of both ancient and modern classics on matters moral. The philosophers represent 2,500 years of thought—from Plato, Kant, and Nietzsche to Alasdair MacIntyre, Susan Wolf, and Peter Singer—and cover a broad range of topics, from the timeless questions of justice, morality, and faith to the hot-button concerns of today, such as animal rights, our duties to the environment, and gender issues. Featuring an illuminating preamble, concise introductory essays on the giants of ethical theory, and incisive chapter headnotes to the modern offerings, this Modern Library edition is a perfect single-volume reference for students, teachers, and anyone eager to engage in reflection on ethical questions, including “What is the basis for our ethical views and judgments?”

Gordon Marino is professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. A recipient of the Richard J. Davis Ethics Award for excellence in writing on ethics and the law, he is the author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard, and editor of the Modern Library’s Basic Writings of Existentialism. His essays have appeared in The New York Times.

Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; 58717th edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812977785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812977783
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Good in the context of formal instruction.

 on October 14, 2017
By Amazon Customer
These works are truly the essentials of philosophy. However, I doubt unless you’re an Einstein you’ll be able to truly comprehend what they’re saying. At the minimum, a full understanding of the intro to each author as given in the book is necessary. Also, linguistic niches and cultural parallax needs to be accounted for. I’d suggest many hours apart from the book in research as a more practical approach.

Essential for any ethicist or philosopher

21 people found this helpful.
 on August 14, 2010
By SocraticMethod
This book is exactly what it says it includes, the basic (and essential) writings of moral philosophy. It offers the most central and important articles/books/arguments for ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Deontological Ethics, Cultural Relativism, etc. It ranges from Plato to Peter Singer and beyond. Normally, you’d have to buy numerous books to get all this philosophy, but it’s all compiled together for a very low price. This book could easily be used for an introductory ethics class since it offers so much, and even more advance classes since many works can be exhaustively studied in their own courses. Once I saw this in my campus bookstore I knew I had to purchase it.

If only wisdom were always so affordable.

 on February 11, 2017
By J. Davis
It is, I think, worth noting the irony that textbooks for ethics classes are a scam. This is by far the most useful and best priced primary text reader I’ve used. What possible reason could there be to format philosophy textbooks (accepting perhaps history of, or logic) into the multi-year, visual-driven format of a large and insanely expensive science text book? Profit and hubris can be the only explanation.

great, full book

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 8, 2014
By Camille
I purchased this book for my Philosophical Ethics course. Great book, each and every person is bound to find something they like in here especially since it’s many different authors and offers completely contrasting viewpoints for each topic. Use this book to open your mind, change your mind, strengthen your beliefs, or all three!

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on July 29, 2016
By Juan P.
I need an audio book for this one!!!

Great Buy!

One person found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2013
By SHolmes
This was a great purchase for my ethics class. Not only does it contain some of the great discourses important for a central understanding of Western Classical thought, but it leads right into typical conundrums often debated in civilization today.

Five Stars

 on April 22, 2016
By Ben From
Use this book in one of my classes. Very helpful 🙂

Five Stars

 on October 25, 2016
By Amazon Customer

Five Stars

 on October 3, 2016

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 on March 1, 2016
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