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Best Books on Ethics

Dive into the complex world of moral philosophy with this compilation of essential ethics literature. These titles have been frequently cited by leading ethical thinkers and publications for their profound insights into moral dilemmas and human values.

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The Metaphysics of Morals and Ethics
Immanuel Kant - 1998-04-28 (first published in 1785)
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Delve into the world of moral philosophy with a groundbreaking work that searches for the supreme principle of morality - the categorical imperative. Immanuel Kant's work argues that every human being is an end in themselves and that moral obligation is an expression of our capacity for self-government. Discover his powerful ideas about autonomy and the importance of treating others as ends in themselves.
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Susan J. Fowler
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Being Mortal
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande - 2014-10-07
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This book explores the challenging topic of how medicine can improve not only life, but also the process of dying. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, tackles the limitations of his profession and argues that quality of life should be the ultimate goal for patients and families. He offers examples of more fulfilling models for caring for the elderly and explores hospice care to show that the end of life can still be rich and dignified.
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Business Ethics
Best Practices for Designing and Managing Ethical Organizations
Denis Collins - 2018-01-19
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Discover best practices for designing and managing ethical organizations with this practical guide on Business Ethics. Author Denis Collins provides tips, strategies, and real-world case studies that profile a wide variety of businesses and industries. The book outlines how to hire and train ethical employees, make ethical decisions, and create a trusting, productive work environment. New features include premium ethical dilemma videos, real-world ethical dilemmas, and optimal ethics system check-up surveys. Ethics in the News activities and Up for Debate features challenge students to think critically about real-life ethical issues faced by businesses.
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Marcus Aurelius - 2006-04-27 (first published in 180)
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Explore the wisdom of a great Stoic philosopher with this pocket-sized classic. Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library, this beautifully-crafted edition features personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius on how to live virtuously in an unpredictable world. Translated by A. S. L. Farquharson and with an introduction by John Sellars, this book showcases the clarity of writing and uprightness that made Aurelius one of Stoicism's finest advocates. Discover his aphorisms on keeping a calm and rational mind even in the face of life's vicissitudes.
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John Stuart Mill - 2002-06-15 (first published in 1861)
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Discover the expanded edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism, including his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons. The book delves into the principle of utility and its applicability to questions of large-scale social policy, including the controversial topic of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. This timely and insightful read provides a deeper understanding of utilitarianism and its place in modern society.
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The Nicomachean Ethics
Aristotle - 2004-03-30 NaN
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Discover a timeless exploration of the nature of happiness in this classic work of philosophy. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics delves into what it means to live a good life and find true happiness, not as a feeling, but as a way of living that utilizes our greatest human capacities. With discussions on morality, responsibility, practical reasoning, and friendship, this work has inspired ethical writings for centuries. This new edition includes a valuable introduction and helpful notes to guide readers through Aristotle's thought-provoking arguments.
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Mark Manson
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The Code Breaker
Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
Walter Isaacson - 2021-03-09
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This book is a thrilling account of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues' revolutionary invention that will allow us to cure diseases and have healthier babies. They created a tool called CRISPR that can edit DNA, opening up a world of medical miracles and moral questions. This book tells the story of Doudna's journey from a girl who loved detective novels to a leading scientist and the ethical considerations and possibilities of this groundbreaking technology.
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Practical Ethics
Peter Singer - 1999-01-30 (first published in 1979)
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Explore the most pressing ethical challenges of our time with this classic introduction to applied ethics. This updated edition by Peter Singer includes a new chapter on climate change and tackles questions like whether it's ethical to buy luxuries when others are starving and if we should support the meat industry. You'll also delve into issues of discrimination, abortion, euthanasia, and environmental preservation. With clear prose and compelling arguments, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in how to live an ethical life.
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Duncan Jones
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The SPEED of Trust
The One Thing That Changes Everything
Stephen M . R. Covey - 2006-10-17
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Discover a groundbreaking approach to productivity and satisfaction from the son of Stephen R. Covey. The foundation of the new global economy is trust, and this book shows how it's essential for any high-performance organization. Learn how to establish trust quickly with clients, employees, and constituents in any interaction, personal or professional. The Speed of Trust offers practical insights and strategies for leaders to build trust and bypass bureaucratic processes. Trust us, this is a must-read for any business or public figure.
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T.D. Jakes
Conscious Leadership by John Mackey
Ethics by Steven M. Cahn, Peter Markie
Defining Moments by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.
The Republic by Plato
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris