Being Ethical

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Nova Publishers, 1999 - 181 páginas
This book provides direct guidance on how to be ethical, both when considering the subject matter of ethics and when facing specific decisions that need to be made in which ethical considerations are called into play. Many diverse descriptions and contentions exist about what is right and what is wrong. Maintaining strong beliefs about morality is commonplace. Positing ethical systems is a continual exercise of humankind. The hard part is to distinguish ethical systems and positions from each other in a critical and comprehensive manner in terms of their validity. We can all say that certain things are right and wrong, or that they are not right and wrong. We have a harder time providing explanations of why we have those positions that are both understandable and satisfactory. This book attempts to do just that on the what and how of being ethical.
 

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Ethical Intent
3
The Four Approaches to Our Ethical Duties
9
A The Proper Handling of Issues of Pleasure and Pain
11
B SelfRealization
20
C Fidelity
25
D Benevolence
37
Making Ethical Decisions
47
A The Relationships among the Four Approaches to Ethics
48
Ethical Validation and Justification
81
The Justification of the FourApproach System
117
B The Justification of SelfRealization
131
C The Justification of Fidelity
135
D The Justification of Benevolence
142
E The Justification of the FourApproach System
146
Moral Certainty
153
Our Underlying Ethical Duties
163

B Using Ethical Hierarchies
55
C Making Ethical Decisions in Specific Situations
60
Why Part One Is So How We Can Know were Being Ethical by Doing the Things Set Out in Part One
79
Choosing to be Ethical And Choosing not to be Unethical
165
Index
179
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