Modern ethics in 77 arguments : a Stone reader

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Summary

A necessary companion to the acclaimed Stone Reader , Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments is a landmark collection for contemporary ethical thought.

Since 2010, The Stone--the immensely popular, award-winning philosophy series in The New York Times-- has revived and reinterpreted age-old inquires to speak to our modern condition. This new collection of essays from the series does for modern ethics what The Stone Reader did for modern philosophy. New York Times editor Peter Catapano and best-selling author and philosopher Simon Critchley have curated an unparalleled collection that illuminates just how imperative ethical thinking is in our day-to-day life.

Like its predecessor, Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments explores long-standing ethical and moral issues in light of our most urgent dilemmas. Divided into twelve sections, the book opens with a series of broad arguments on existence, human nature and morality. Indeed, "big" questions of the human condition are explored by some of our best-known and most accomplished living philosophers: What is the meaning of our existence? Should we really "do what we love"? How should we respond to evil? Is pure altruism possible?

Along with these examinations of timeless moral conundrums, readers will find arguments in the more contentious areas of religion and government: Can we have a moral life without God? Does it really matter if God exists? Is patriotism moral? Accessible and provocative, these pieces expose the persistence of the most basic themes and questions of moral and ethical life. Many of the essays stress the crucial importance of directly engaging the most pressing moral dilemmas in modern life. Should we be the last generation, knowing all the harm we've done to our planet? Should we embrace our inner carnivores, or swear off all animal products? From gun control and drone warfare to the morals of marriage and reproduction, readers will view familiar debates in new, surprising lights.

The editors have meticulously arranged this book to reflect a wide range of perspectives, voices and rhetorical strategies. By directly addressing some of the most complex and troubling issues we face today--racial discrimination, economic inequality, immigration, citizenship and more--the volume reveals the profound power of ethics in shaping our perceptions of nearly every aspect of our lives.

A jargon-free, insightful compendium, Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments offers a panoramic view of morality and is a critical addition to The Stone Reader that will energize and enliven the world of ethical thought in both the classroom and everyday American life.

Contents
The meaningfulness of lives / Todd May
There is no theory of everything / Simon Critchley
The light at the end of suffering / Peg O'Connor
Being there: Heidegger on why our presence matters / Lawrence Berger
Against invulnerability / Todd May
Why life is absurd / Rivka Weinberg
A life beyond "do what you love" / Gordon Marino
Evolution and our inner conflict / Edward O. Wilson
Learning how to die in the anthropocene / Roy Scranton
Is pure altruism possible? / Judith Lichtenberg
Moral camouflage or moral monkeys? / Peter Railton
How should we respond to "evil"? / Steven Paulikas
The moral logic of survivor guilt / Nancy Sherman
How to live without irony / Christy Wampole
Deluded individualism / Firmin DeBrabander
The dangers of happiness / Carl Cederstròˆm
Are we ready for a "morality pill"? / Peter Singer and Agata Sagan
Why our children don't think there are moral facts / Justin P. McBrayer
Morals without God? / Frans de Waal
The dangers of certainty: a lesson from Auschwitz / Simon Critchley
Confessions of an ex-moralist / Joel Marks
The maze of moral relativism / Paul Boghossian
Can moral disputes be resolved? / Alex Rosenberg
Moral dispute or cultural difference? / Carol Rovane
Navigating past nihilism / Sean D. Kelly
Does it matter whether God exists? / Gary Gutting
Good minus God / Louise M. Antony
Pascal's wager 2.0 / Gary Gutting
The sacred and the humane / Anat Biletzki
Why God is a moral issue / Michael Ruse
The rigor of love / Simon Critchley
God is a question, not an answer / William Irwin
What's wrong with blasphemy? / Andrew F. March
Questions for free-market moralists / Amia Srinivasan
Is our patriotism moral? / Gary Gutting
The irrationality of natural life sentences / Jennifer Lackey
Spinoza's vision of freedom, and ours / Steven Nadler
If war can have ethics, Wall Street can, too / Nathaniel B. Davis
The moral hazard of drones / John Kaag and Sarah Kreps
Reasons for reason / Michael P. Lynch
The morality of migration / Seyla Benhabib
What do we owe each other? / Aaron James Wendland
Can refugees have human rights? / Omri Boehm
Dependents of the state / Amia Srinivasan
Is voting out of self-interest wrong? / Gary Gutting
Philosophizing with guns / Simone Gubler
A crack in the stoic's armor / Nancy Sherman
Who needs a gun? / Gary Gutting
The freedom of an armed society / Firmin DeBrabander
Is American nonviolence possible? / Todd May
Walking while black in the "white gaze" / George Yancy
Race, truth and our two realities / Chris Lebron
Getting past the outrage on race / Gary Gutting
Philosophy's Western bias / Justin E.H. Smith
Dear White America / George Yancy
Of cannibals, kings and culture: the problem of ethnocentricity / Adam Etinson
What, to the black American, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day? / Chris Lebron
Is real inclusiveness possible? / Justin E.H. Smith
When prostitution is nobody's business / Laurie Shrage
On abortion and defining a "person" / Gary Gutting
Girlfriend, mother, professor? / Carol Hay
The disappearing women / Rae Langton
A feminist Kant / Carol Hay
Think before you breed / Christine Overall
Is forced fatherhood fair? / Laurie Shrage
"Mommy wars" redux: a false conflict / Amy Allen
The end of "marriage" / Laurie Shrage
My parents' mixed messages on the Holocaust / Jason Stanley
The meat eaters / Jeff McMahan
If peas can talk, should we eat them? / Michael Marder
When vegans won't compromise / Bob Fischer and James McWilliams
The enigma of animal suffering / Rhys Southan
Is humanity getting better? / Leif Wenar
Should this be the last generation? / Peter Singer
What do we owe the future? / Patricia I. Vieira and Michael Marder
the importance of the afterlife. Seriously. / Samuel Scheffler
Accepting the past, facing the future / Todd May.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Nietzsche might not have claimed believed that journalists vomit their bile and call it a newspaper if he had ever read The Stone, the New York Times column devoted to philosophy. Having served as the seedbed for The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments (2015), The Stone here yields 77 comparable essays on modern ethics. Inevitably, ethical issues prove sensitive to bias, and the Times' sociopolitical slant leaves scant space for tradition or faith in the treatment of topics such as abortion or marriage. However, that slant proves ideal for unfolding distinctly modern perspectives on such matters and many more. Scores of thought-provoking writers invite their readers to ponder questions such as what the correspondence theory of truth teaches about the Black Lives Matter movement, why an updated version of Pascal's Wager still has meaning in a culture dominated by skepticism, and how Nietzsche's proclamation of the death of God challenges unbelievers to find personal strategies for defeating nihilism and experiencing happiness. Journalism has rarely opened wider intellectual horizons.--Christensen, Bryce Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Ethics, Modern -- 21st century.
Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc. -- Ethics.
Publisher New York :2017
Other Titles New York times.
Stone reader.
Modern ethics in seventy-seven arguments
Contributors Catapano, Peter, editor.
Critchley, Simon, 1960- editor.
Language English
Description xi, 435 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781631492983
1631492985
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