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2.0 out of 5 stars A useful introduction., 2 July 2002
This review is from: Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong (Paperback)
Louis Pojman teaches at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and wrote this book as a teaching aid for, in his own words, "undergraduates in ethics courses." As such it sets out to be a methodical examination of the theory, purpose and application of ethics, and is written in an easily readable style with some well-chosen examples.
For this ease of use, however, some sacrifices have been made: each of Pojman's chapters introduces a topic in an engaging manner by simplifying it, or worse. Two examples:
the potentially useful chapter on Kant's Categorical Imperative confuses duty with permission, creating major problems with his analysis;
his examination of Natural law is inadequate, and not referred to in his chapter on 'religion and ethics,' so he overlooks a fundamental moral philosophy offered by religion - the fulfilment of human nature.
The usefulness of this book depends upon the level of study that the student requires. Because of its limitations, it is more useful as an introduction for A' Level (or equivalent high school) students, to be followed up with more authoritative reading, than it is as a primary resource for undergraduates.
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