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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Every person on this planet should read this book!, 23. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest (Taschenbuch)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen An audacious undertaking, and Singer pulls it off, 18. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest (Taschenbuch)
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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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest (Taschenbuch)
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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Singer, like Gandhi, knows "a way out of hell.", 7. Juli 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest (Taschenbuch)
Singer compellingly shows how our misunderstanding of self-interest has led us to the brink of social and ecological disaster. He unmasks the errors that have led us down this path. Best of all, he offers an alternative -- a new understanding of self-interest, one that embraces altruism and ethical integrity. What a humane and reasonable book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen You must read this book!, 6. März 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest (Taschenbuch)
Peter Singer has deliverd a masterpiece. He mangages to impart great amounts of information in a clear, readable style. This is not just a book for those interested in philosophy, but for anyone who has ever asked "What does my life's work mean anyways?" A convincing argument for the ethical life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A terrific, beautifully written book, 25. Juni 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest (Taschenbuch)
This may be the best book of moral philosophy ever written for a general audience. Singer covers a large number of topics, from feminist ethics to the prisoner's dilemma, in the course of presenting a graceful and compelling argument for the moral life
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