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Ethics for everyone : how to increase your moral intelligence
Dobrin, Arthur, 1943-
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New York : J. Wiley & Sons, [2002]

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vi, 266 pages ; 23 cm
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Ethics for Everyone

Is it always wrong to lie? Is it always right to try to help another person? Are you bound to keep every promise you make? In Ethics for Everyone: How to Increase Your Moral Intelligence, you'll find out how well you make moral choices and learn how to increase your ability to understand and analyze ethical dilemmas. This sensible, practical guide provides thoughtful-and sometimes surprising-answers to tough real-world questions. You'll sort through dozens of tricky ethical issues with the help of:
* Twenty-one dramatic true stories showing real-life ethics in action- and you are asked to make ethical choices
* A personal ethics quiz to determine your own ethical potential
* Harm and benefits assessments of various courses of action
* Expert opinions from spiritual leaders, counselors, attorneys, psychologists, and other experts

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Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W., is the Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

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Publisher's Weekly Review

There are no cut-and-dried answers to the big ethical problems, says Dobrin, a Hofstra University professor and an active participant in the Ethical Humanist movement for more than 30 years, but discussing the issues can give better insight into what's right. After a mercifully brief discussion of various ethical systems, Dobrin sets out some typical ethical quandaries for readers to analyze, helping them establish their own moral IQ. Homework over, readers can relax and follow Dobrin and his guest experts as they navigate a series of provocative moral dilemmas. Should his father consent to heart surgery for his mother if she's succumbing quickly to Alzheimer's? Should an all-boy athletic team have the right to exclude a girl? Should the West Pointer resign rather than betray his friend or the school's honor code? Many readers will have encountered some of these dilemmas themselves, but other situations will be new. Dobrin's willingness to see all sides will encourage readers to think broadly as well; retaking the preliminary quiz at the end of the book, many will find their own ethical perspectives more nuanced and satisfying. This compelling volume and Randy Cohen's The Good, the Bad and the Difference (reviewed on p. 87) should both hit responsive chords with the ethically questing. But if Cohen is "everyday ethics" (going back on a job offer; senior discounts), Dobrin, while just as accessive, leans toward big-time ethics (assisting a Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer to commit suicide; telling an adopted child about his or her birth parents). (Apr.) Forecast: The budget cover price and a user-friendly format make this an ideal choice for any ethics-oriented reading group. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Ethics Matters
1 Everyday Ethicsp. 5
2 The Basicsp. 13
3 A Little Theoryp. 21
4 Ethical Judgmentsp. 27
5 Finding a Way to Decidep. 31
Part 2 Your Moral Intelligence
6 Improving Your Moral IQp. 37
Part 3 Ethics with Family and Friends: Being Ethical to Those Closest to Me
7 Should I Always Keep a Confidence?p. 51
8 Should I Stop Someone from Hurting Himself?p. 59
9 What Does Personal Loyalty Require of Me?p. 65
10 Is It Right for Me to Use Someone to Make My Point?p. 75
11 Is Life Always Worth Living?p. 85
12 Do I Reveal a Secret If I Think It Helps?p. 93
13 Is It Moral for Me to Help Someone Commit Suicide?p. 101
14 Does My Child Have the Right to Privacy?p. 113
15 Should I Compete against Friends?p. 121
16 What Do I Owe an Elderly Parent?p. 131
17 How Do I Know What Is Fair?p. 143
Part 4 Ethics in the World
18 How Long Must I Keep a Promise?p. 155
19 Can the Ends Justify the Means I Use?p. 163
20 Is It Ever Right for Me to Discriminate?p. 175
21 Is It Moral for Me to Take Advantage of a Technicality?p. 185
22 Should My Personal Values Stay at Home?p. 193
23 What Should I Do with Money I Find?p. 203
24 Should I Be Free to Choose All My Associations?p. 213
25 Does It Matter What I Buy?p. 225
26 Do I Confront People about Their Habits or What They Wear?p. 235
27 How Responsible Should I Be?p. 245
Afterwordp. 253
Selected Bibliographyp. 255
The Intervieweesp. 257
Indexp. 261