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How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Peter Singer
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1. Mai 1995
"Is there still anything worth living for? Is anything worth pursuing, apart from money, love, and caring for one's own family?"

Internationally known social philosopher and ethicist Peter Singer has an answer to these and other questions in this compelling new volume. "If we can detach ourselves from our own immediate preoccupations and look at the world as a whole and our place in it, there is something absurd about the idea that people should have trouble finding something to live for."

Singer suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often avoid the trap of meaninglessness, finding a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing than those people whose goals are narrower and more self-centered. He spells out what he means by an ethical approach to life, and shows that it can bring about significant and far-reaching changes to one's life.


  • Taschenbuch: 262 Seiten
  • Verlag: Prometheus Books; Auflage: New. (1. Mai 1995)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0879759666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879759667
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (7 Kundenrezensionen)
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Imagine that you could choose a book that everyone in the world would read. My choice would be this book. Roger Crisp, Ethics highly successful. it tackles questions of the first importance, it is immensely readable - being packed with anecdotes and illustrations - and it forces its readers to reflect on how they live their lives Journal of Applied Philosophy -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


B'Imagine that you could choose a book that everyone in the world would read. My choice would be this book.' Roger Crisp, Ethics Many people have an uneasy feeling that they may be missing out on something basic that would give their lives a significance it currently lacks. But how should we live? What is there to stop us behaving selfishly? In a highly readable account which makes reference to a wide variety of sources and everyday issues, Peter Singer suggests that the conventional pursuit of self-interest is individually and collectively self-defeating. Taking into consideration the beliefs of Jesus, Kant, Rousseau, and Adam Smith amongst others, he looks at a number of different cultures, including America, Japan, and the Aborigines to assess whether or not selfishness is in our genes and how we may find greater satisfaction in an ethical lifestyle. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An audacious undertaking, and Singer pulls it off 18. Februar 1999
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Singer tackles "the big one," the meaning of life, in this book, and damned if he doesn't figure it out. In my opinion. (Your mileage may vary.) His approach is take you through a few thousand years of philosophy/economics/political science to get to the answer that a life spent trying to help others and reduce suffering is really the most moral, and most fulfilling one. It's a fascinating, and important, book. OK. I do have one small quibble. (Forgive me, I'm a quibbler.) Singer, correctly, I think, sees some uses of psychotherapy as self-indulgent and an attempt to rationalize away the moral emptiness that comes from leading a materialistically oriented life. However, I think he underestimates the need for people to come to terms with the forces that create a self that can't keep its "owner" from suffering. You have to be able to help yourself as well as others. The process of individuation, of becoming your own creative person, is important in human happiness. It's not as moral as purely devoting yourself to others, but I think there is room for both. I don't think Singer would disagree (maybe he would?). That, I think minor, quibble aside, I think the book is a really cool exploration of a really important question that we all ask ourselves, but that few (non-religious types) have spent enough time thinking about. I, for one, am glad that Peter Singer is around and thinking about it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent for lay audience, fair for philosophers 18. Februar 1999
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I recently assigned this book for my Introduction to Ethics course. The early chapters reply to the argument that we are by nature selfish. Singer does an excellent job arguing that evolutionary theory demonstrates no such thing, while still leaving room for true ethical decision making (i.e. evolution also does not determine that we be ethical). His discussion of the prisoners dilemma is also quite clear and interesting. In later chapters he tries to convince his audience that they will be happier if they lead lives committed to ethics. The argument here is not as clear or as persuasive and my students began to find him annoying (especially his repeated use of vegetarians/animal rights activists as happy without any accompaning defense of the animal rights position). All in all though, it is quite wonderful that a philosopher has written a book that is so accessible for lay audiences.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every person on this planet should read this book! 23. März 2000
An extremely important and relevant work from a highly intelligent,committed and ethical individual.Singer's clear and readable expounding of an enlightening yet surprisingly simple ethical outlook definitely has the potential to change, for the better, a readers approach both to their own life and to their relationships to others, both human and non-human.An absolute gem!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very good. 26. April 2014
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Eye-opening in a lot of ways. Makes you think about ethics in a way that you may never have done before.
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