This book arose out of teaching the ethical theory course at the University of San Diego, and it is an example both of speaking to my students and listening to them.  Throughout the book, I try to play the role of the welcoming host, introducing newcomers to regular guests and facilitating discussions among them. 

There are several aspects of the book that I am particuarly proud of.  The chapter on religious ethics was, I think, the first in which an ethical theory book examined not only the standard Western tradition, but also Isslam, Navajo religion, and Buddhism.  It was one of the earliest with a sympathetic discussion of the ethics of diversity--a single chapter that eventually grew to two full chapters.  Finally, the chapter on Aristotle and the ethics of flourishing is particularly close to my heart.  I have been reading Aristotle for over fifty years, and it is a pleasure to share his thoughts with others. 

I hope you find it as much of a pleasure to read as I did to write it.

Lawrence M. Hinman
Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory, 5th ed. 

 Cengage Learning, 2012
ISBN-10: 1133050018
ISBN-13: 978-1133050018


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