Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right & Wrong by Steve WilkensWith this introductory text, Steve Wilkens takes a fresh, friendly approach to understanding and evaluating various ethical systems. Beginning each chapter with a bumper sticker slogan (If it feels good, do it; God said it, I believe it, that settles it; When in Rome?), he then moves on to examine the complex questions, conclusions and assumptions that lie at its heart. Wilkens acquaints students with the vast array of classic and contemporary approaches to ethics: cultural relativism, emotivism, behaviourism, hedonism, ethical egoism, atheistic existentialism, utilitarianism, categorical imperative, hierarchicalism, situation ethics, theistic existentialism, theological voluntarism, and natural law ethics. For each system, his thorough introduction explores its popular bumper sticker expression, its core assumptions and basic elements, the questions that give rise to it, and its strengths and weaknesses. Students, professors and general readers will welcome Wilkens engaging text which simultaneously offers a well-rounded assessment of ethical systems and shows the relevance and prevalence of ethical ideas in daily life.
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I used the first edition of this book for a basic ethics class for many years. I'm not sure how many times I can claim to have read it. Several, no doubt. This year I adopted the 2nd edition, and so I Haggard Graduate School of Theology.
Torrey Gazette is the combined work of everyday Christians blogging on books, family, art, and theology. So pull up a seat and join us. Family Table rules apply. Shouting is totally acceptable. However, this can lead us to be dishonest…Truthfulness, goodness and rightness need to characterize not only our conclusions but also the means…if there is any place where Christians should be honest, it is the ethical process. Simplifications rule the day.
I used the first edition of this book for a basic ethics class for many years. I'm not sure how many times I can claim to have read it. Several, no doubt. This year I adopted the 2nd edition, and so I Haggard Graduate School of Theology. Steve Wilkens. Ideas have consequences.
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