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Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right and Wrongby Steve Wilkens
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With 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 Wilken's engaging text which simultaneously offers a well-rounded assessment of ethical systems and shows the relevance and prevalence of ethical ideas in daily life.
In our rapid-fire world, messages come at us from every direction and compete for our precious time. And if there is anything we want heard, it had better fit on a bumper sticker or in a five-second sound bite. So, as slogans like those above show, entire ethical systems are often squeezed into a few words. But it doesn't take too much thought to know we shouldn't stake important moral decisions on a bumper sticker. The problem is not that advice briefly given is necessarily wrong. It's that ideas have consequences, and there's a lot more to the ideas behind bumper sticker than the slogans themselves say. With never-failing clarity, Steve Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the bumper stickers. Here a reliable, insightful teacher lays out the basics of cultural relativism, emotivism, utilitarianism, situation ethics, deontology and the other moralities of the day, and suggests Christian evaluations of each.
Using common bumper sticker slogans as a starting point, Steve Wilkens introduces and evaluates cultural relativism, emotivism, utilitarianism, situation ethics, deontology, and other moralities of the day.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -203).
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