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Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) Paperback – 13 Aug 1998
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"The book reinforces the conviction that reasonable, undogmatic answers can be given to the main question of ethics."-Robert Arrington, Georgia State University "Unusually rigorous. The best and most thorough treatment of foundational issues that I have seen . . . The discussion of abortion is outstanding."-Thomas Carson, Loyola University of Chicago
About the Author
Harry J. Gensler is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Scranton. He is the author of Logic: Analyzing and Appraising Arguments (1989), Symbolic Logic: Classical and Advanced Systems(1990) and Formal Ethics (1996)
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However, the treatment is inconsistent at times, and you'll find yourself arguing with Gensler to give a fair shake to certain theories he may be too quick to dismiss with vague refutations. He also relies too heavily on a Kantian duty ethics framework, limiting his analysis to theories of the good and the duties they require, without delving into more nuanced ethical concerns. Too much time is spent refuting other ethical theories as a prelude to advancing the author's own "Golden Rule consistency" theory based on the maxim (or central duty) of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Things become clear once Gensler finally unveils his theory for practicing the Golden Rule in a logically consistent way, but it's just a variation on Kant. As Gensler himself puts it on p. 93: "In many ways, my GR consistency view is a contemporary restatement of Kant's approach to ethics." Practically speaking, I'm not sure what Gensler's view contributes to human moral behavior, other than pointing out its frequent lack of logic.
That aside, each chapter is short and pretty digestible for students. The chapters are succinct and clear, following a simple pattern that makes it easier for students to grasp. And Gensler's version of the Golden Rule does make sense: "Treat others only as you consent to being treated in the same situation." If you follow Gensler in limiting ethics to the central question of "how should human beings act" in a way consistent with their understanding of what is good, and if you agree with his now-dated assumption that Kant said the last word in philosophy, you'll probably love this book. Otherwise, you might just find it to be a good read, held back only by its plodding tunnel vision.
Although the book handles no issue in depth, it does zero in on most of the main issues in contemporary analytic ethics. It provides the reader with the basic tools for thinking rationally about ethical dilemmas. For beginners, that's more helpful than the exegesis of Great Books.