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Eudaimonic Ethics: A Contemporary Theory of the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being: The Philosophy and Psychology of Living Well

by Lorraine Besser-Jones

In this book, Lorraine Besser-Jones develops a eudaimonistic virtue ethics based on a psychological account of human nature. While her project maintains the fundamental features of the eudaimonistic virtue ethical...


The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin

by Soren Kierkegaard & Alastair Hannay

The first new translation of Kierkegaard's masterwork in a generation brings to vivid life this essential work of modern philosophy.

Brilliantly synthesizing human insights with Christian dogma, Soren Kierkegaard...


A World without Why

by Raymond Geuss

Wishful thinking is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long-term distorting effect on ethical thinking. Many influential ethical views depend on the optimistic assumption that, despite appearances...


Kant's Philosophy: A Study for Educators

by James Scott Johnston

James Scott Johnston's incisive study draws on a holistic reading of Kant: one that views him as developing and testing a complete system (theoretical, practical, historical and anthropological) with education...


When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military

by Andrea Ellner, Paul Robinson & David Whetham

A decade of conflict not clearly aligned to vital national interests combined with recent acts of selective conscientious objection by members of the military have led some to reappraise the distinction between...


Resurrection and Moral Imagination

by Sarah Bachelard

This book explores the significance of the Resurrection for human moral imagination and moral life. It shows that the Resurrection, contemplatively apprehended, shifts our ethically conditioned understanding...


Showing Remorse: Law and the Social Control of Emotion

by Richard Weisman

The primary focus of this work is, unlike previous studies, not on whether the wrongdoer meets our expectations over how and when remorse should be shown, but on how the community reacts when these expectations...


The Four Virtues: Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation

by Tobin Hart

In a world with greater knowledge, more advanced technology, and more groundbreaking innovation than ever at our fingertips, we are still looking to find our way. We are still searching for that essential insight...


Making Comparisons Count

by Ruth Chang

This book attempts to answer two questions: Are alternatives for choice ever incomparable? and In what ways can items be compared? The arguments offered suggest that alternatives for choice no matter how different...


Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics

by Andrew I. Cohen & Christopher Heath Wellman

Now in an updated edition with fresh perspectives on high-profile ethical issues such as torture and same-sex marriage, this collection pairs cogently argued essays by leading philosophers with opposing views...


Discourses (Books 1 and 2)

by Epictetus & , P. E. Matheson

These discussions between an ancient Greek teacher of Stoicism and his students offer secular thinkers a mode of reasoning that dismisses the strictures of absolutism and emotionalism in exchange for a more...


Discourses (Books 3 and 4)

by Epictetus & , P. E. Matheson

In this compilation of Books 3 and 4 of Epictetus' Discourses, the philosopher discusses the quest for freedom, solitude, cynicism, fear, discretion, the avoidance of quarrels, and other subjects of enduring...


An Enquiry Into Moral Notions

by John Laird

First published in 1935, this book compares and examines what John Laird termed the 'three most important notions in ethical science': the concepts of virtue, duty and well-being. Laird poses the question of...


On Human Nature: Essays in Ethics and Politics

by Arthur Schopenhauer & T. Bailey Saunders

Drawn from Parerga and posthumously published works, these six essays offer an accessible approach to the author's philosophy. Topics include government, free will and fatalism, character, moral instinct, and...


The Art of Worldly Wisdom

by Baltasar Gracian & Joseph Jacobs

Published in 1637 by a Spanish Jesuit scholar, this volume features 300 pithy maxims on politics, professional life, and personal development. Gracian's timeless advice, focusing on honesty and kindness, remains...


Ecce Homo

by Friedrich Nietzsche & Anthony M. Ludovici

The philosopher's dramatically egotistical autobiography employs masterful language to convey ever-relevant ideas: the importance of questioning traditional morality, establishing autonomy, and making a commitment...


Principia Ethica

by G. E. Moore

This volume revolutionized philosophy and forever altered the direction of ethical studies. It clarifies some of moral philosophy's most common confusions, redefines the science's terms, and offers compelling...


An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation

by Jeremy Bentham

A classic of both philosophy and jurisprudence, this 1789 work articulates an important statement of the foundations of utilitarian philosophy. It also represents a pioneering study of crime and punishment.


The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by Adam Smith

This 1749 work features highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment, and virtue. It reconstructs the Enlightenment concept of social science, embracing both political economy and theories of law and...


Walden; Or, Life in the Woods

by Henry David Thoreau

Accounts of Thoreau's daily life on the shores of Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, are interwoven with musings on the virtues of self-reliance and individual freedom, on society, government, and other...