How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest PDF

How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest➼ [Download] ➹ How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest By Peter Singer ➹ – Varanus.us Singer suggests that people who take an ethical approach to life often avoid the trap of meaninglessness, finding a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing than those people whose goals are narrowe Singer suggests that We to eBook ✓ people who take an ethical approach to life often avoid the trap of meaninglessness, finding a deeper satisfaction in what they are doing than those people whose goals are narrower and self centered He spells out what he means by an ethical approach to life and shows that it can bring about significant and How Are PDF or far reaching changes to one s life How Are We to Live explores the way in which standard contemporary assumptions about human nature and self interest have led to a world that is fraught with social and environmental problems Singer asks whether selfishness is in our genes and concludes that we do not have to accept the bleak Are We to eBook ↠ view of human nature sometimes believed to be inevitable, given our evolutionary origins.

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  • Paperback
  • 262 pages
  • How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest
  • Peter Singer
  • English
  • 09 January 2018
  • 0879759666

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    I shall suggest that living an ethical life enables us to identify ourselves with the grandest cause of all, and that to do so is the best way open to us of making our lives meaningful.I wrote this review in 2015 and was just reminded of the book, so I came back to read it I d like to promote Peter Singer s ideas again, because I admire how he thinks It was a library book, and I didn t copy any other quotes at the time, but here s what I thought back then As I write, this book is 22 yea I shall suggest that living an ethical life enables us to identify ourselves with the grandest cause of all, and that to do so is the best way open to us of making our lives meaningful.I wrote this review in 2015 and was just reminded of the book, so I came back to read it I d like to promote Peter Singer s ideas again, because I admire how he thinks It was a library book, and I didn t copy any other quotes at the time, but here s what I thought back then As I write, this book is 22 years old, but as relevant now as ever for anyone feeling lost and wondering what we can do about Life and the state of the world 1993 was before the online world of social media and the likes of global petitions that clickivists can use to instantly express their displeasure with unethical treatment of people and animals and share it with others It is such a delight to read a well written philosophical discussion of what ethics means and what it means in people s lives Activism can play a part, but it sabout a general attitude to our behaviour.When teaching in the US, Singer was astounded by the number of unhappy Americans going to therapists who told them to look inward to seek help Singer would rather they be encouraged to look out to see where they could be of help to others in poverty or distress , which might be aappropriate treatment for lack of fulfilment Singer has given a brief overview of the positions of other philosophers Plato, Aristotle, Smith, Kant, as well as of the major religions Great nutshell resource They don t agree on our motives for behaving ethically and sometimes not on what constitutes ethical behaviour The political references are interesting but less current I apologise if he s changed his mind over the previous two decades, but from what I ve seen in his interviews, he s as passionate as ever.Each time I see him on TV or read an article about him, I promise to read his books This won t be the last one


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    There s an interesting discussion in Chapter 9 comparing the ethical systems of Jesus and Kant and others in Chapter 10, a critique of psychotherapy as anti ethical the flaws of the self are legitimate and worthy of investigation, but looking inward in order to correct them is problematic Aside from those two chapters, I found this lightweight.


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    Even though this book was written in the 90 s, it still applies today, and even stronger It can be seen as a critique on recent problems within our global economical crisis Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher on practical ethics and bio ethics in general which is famous for his book on animal rights Animal Liberation Animal rights clearly are one of the most important subjects for him and is a recurring theme in this book as well, besides the fact that he consciously tried to avoi Even though this book was written in the 90 s, it still applies today, and even stronger It can be seen as a critique on recent problems within our global economical crisis Peter Singer is an Australian philosopher on practical ethics and bio ethics in general which is famous for his book on animal rights Animal Liberation Animal rights clearly are one of the most important subjects for him and is a recurring theme in this book as well, besides the fact that he consciously tried to avoid the subject because it has been covered in multiple other books by Singer himself.I really liked and disliked this book at the same time, and for reasons I can not yet define Right now after finishing it today I m still wondering if I would recommend this book to others I would say yes, since it can be an enlightening read for some and is quite enjoying with all the practical examples of ethical behaviour and ethical thought But while being enlightening for people not having thought about ethics or morality before excl simplistic religious commandments , I personally did not become any wiser on the subject Peter Singer makes a few interesting notions and points out some paradoxes about several ethical ideas and subjects, but most of it is purely practical and focussed on Utilitarian purposes, that being to avoid pain and suffering for all you, your family and friends, but animals and strangers as well is the most important ethical aspiration in our world I do not agree completely on this notion, but I think it is an honourable aim in life, provided that in practical terms you really do have a positive effect on the world and it s citizens considering their happiness, benefits and non suffering.I m thinking about writing down some keypoints that Peter Singer tries to make in different chapters to provide some information for other Goodreads users, as well as giving myself a clear picture of the essential contents of the book, hoping that will make up my mindclearly.I would not buy this book, but if you can find it in your local library, do not be afraid to pick it up There is wisdom in every book, and this book is definitely written to enlighten people and to construct a better world in one way or another


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    Singer is an interesting guy, but this isn t some of his interesting work It s written at, basically, a high school level and relies heavily on having a constituency that agrees with him.If you don t agree with Singer going into the text, it s hard to come away agreeing with him I ve been empathetic to Singer s position reading some of histechnical work on ethics, but this particular book is pretty weak when it comes to convincing me of anything.Singer s positions are interesting, and I Singer is an interesting guy, but this isn t some of his interesting work It s written at, basically, a high school level and relies heavily on having a constituency that agrees with him.If you don t agree with Singer going into the text, it s hard to come away agreeing with him I ve been empathetic to Singer s position reading some of histechnical work on ethics, but this particular book is pretty weak when it comes to convincing me of anything.Singer s positions are interesting, and I recommend that people look into them I also recommend that they find a different text that will allow them to do thatfully than this one did There are plenty of anecdotes and its great for someone who s pretty new to ethics, but its a really weak representation of Singer


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    Since reading Animal Liberation over 5 years ago, I regret that I never sought out Singer s other works which arguably have just as much insight into how we ought to treat other beings How are we to Live focuses on different attitudes towards life and concludes that one lived ethically, after accepting the subjectivity of our role in the universe, is the least arbitrary Even though the question of what constitutes a meaningful pursuit might seem to be undermined by objections from only being r Since reading Animal Liberation over 5 years ago, I regret that I never sought out Singer s other works which arguably have just as much insight into how we ought to treat other beings How are we to Live focuses on different attitudes towards life and concludes that one lived ethically, after accepting the subjectivity of our role in the universe, is the least arbitrary Even though the question of what constitutes a meaningful pursuit might seem to be undermined by objections from only being relevant whilst intelligent beings exist to ask them or by them being explained through the unconscious process of evolution or that in a few generations the effects of your good deeds might have extinguished The alleviation of pain and suffering in the time that these beings were alive to experience it will always have intrinsic value I also enjoyed the chapters on the Prisoner s dilemma, Japanese life and the heros of the holocaust


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    When food comes from a shop, bought with a government welfare cheque provided by a well meaning social worker eager to see that all Australians get what they are legally entitled to receive, the Aboriginals skills and knowledge acquired over a lifetime are immediately devalued The result is deeply demoralizing Almost everythinghas lost its point Citado en Capabilities and Happiness P g.176 When food comes from a shop, bought with a government welfare cheque provided by a well meaning social worker eager to see that all Australians get what they are legally entitled to receive, the Aboriginals skills and knowledge acquired over a lifetime are immediately devalued The result is deeply demoralizing Almost everythinghas lost its point Citado en Capabilities and Happiness P g.176


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    H ainda alguma coisa pela qual viver a permissa deste livro que nos leva a refletir sobre os valores mais relevantes da vida, como havemos de viver para al m do dinheiro, do amor, da nossa fam lia Singer apresenta os tra os gerais de uma sociedade ego sta, constru da pela vis o falsamente liberal do mundo e declara a uma experi ncia social falhada , semelhan a do comunismo um livro de filosofia bastante acess vel ao p blico em geral e que vale a pena ler e discutir.


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    This is old school Peter Singer so some of his ideas have evolved since he wrote it, but I always enjoy his discussions about how and why we should seek to live ethical lives.


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    This a book everyone should read at least once in life.

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