The Morality of Happiness

  • Filename: the-morality-of-happiness.
  • ISBN: 0198024169
  • Release Date: 1993-08-19
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Julia Annas
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Ancient ethical theories, based on the notions of virtue and happiness, have struck many as an attractive alternative to modern theories. But we cannot find out whether this is true until we understand ancient ethics--and to do this we need to examine the basic structure of ancient ethical theory, not just the details of one or two theories. In this book, Annas brings together the results of a wide-ranging study of ancient ethical philosophy and presents it in a way that is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in ancient or modern ethics. She examines the fundamental notions of happiness and virtue, the role of nature in ethical justification and the relation between concern for self and concern for others. Her careful examination of the ancient debates and arguments shows that many widespread assumptions about ancient ethics are quite mistaken. Ancient ethical theories are not egoistic, and do not depend for their acceptance on metaphysical theories of a teleological kind. Most centrally, they are recognizably theories of morality, and the ancient disputes about the place of virtue in happiness can be seen as akin to modern disputes about the demands of morality.

The Morality of Happiness

  • Filename: the-morality-of-happiness.
  • ISBN: 0195096525
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 502
  • Author: Julia Annas
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this book, Annas brings together the results of a wide-ranging study of ancient ethical philosophy and presents it in a way that is easily accessible to anyone with an interest in ancient or modern ethics. She examines the fundamental notions of happiness and virtue, the role of nature in ethical justification, and the relation between concern for self and concern for others.

Nicomachean Ethics

  • Filename: nicomachean-ethics.
  • ISBN: 9781624661198
  • Release Date: 2014-02-26
  • Number of pages: 504
  • Author: Aristotle
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing

An excellent new translation and commentary. It will serve newcomers as an informative, accessible introduction to the Nicomachean Ethics and to many issues in Aristotle’s philosophy, but also has much to offer advanced scholars. The commentary is noteworthy for its frequent citations of relevant passages from other works in Aristotle’s corpus, which often shed new light on the texts. Reeve’s translation is meticulous: it hits the virtuous mean--accurate and technical, yet readable--between translation’s vicious extremes of faithlessness and indigestibility.--Jessica Moss, New York University

Happiness and the Christian Moral Life

  • Filename: happiness-and-the-christian-moral-life.
  • ISBN: 0742551792
  • Release Date: 2007-01-01
  • Number of pages: 257
  • Author: Paul J. Wadell
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Inspired by Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, An Introduction to Christian Ethics Happiness and the Christian Moral Life argues that the central question of ethics is the meaning and nature of happiness. In the Christian life, happiness is inseparable from goodness, particularly from a way of life that helps us grow together in the goodness of God. This book attempts to show what such a life might look like and how it might change our understanding of Christian ethics.

Happiness Morality and Freedom

  • Filename: happiness-morality-and-freedom.
  • ISBN: 9789004283213
  • Release Date: 2014-09-22
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Arthur Melnick
  • Publisher: BRILL

To be happy is to be satisfied with one’s life according to a standard that one can claim as a reasonable being. Being moral and being held morally responsible are shown to be essential to being happy in this sense.


  • Filename: morality.
  • ISBN: 1587315157
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Author: Servais Pinckaers
  • Publisher: St Augustine PressInc

The Moral Landscape

  • Filename: the-moral-landscape.
  • ISBN: 9781439171226
  • Release Date: 2011-09-13
  • Number of pages: 307
  • Author: Sam Harris
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Calls for an end to religion's role in dictating morality, demonstrating how the scientific community's understandings about the human brain may enable the establishment of secular codes of behavior.

Wealth and Justice

  • Filename: wealth-and-justice.
  • ISBN: 9780844743783
  • Release Date: 2010-10-16
  • Number of pages: 88
  • Author: Peter Wehner
  • Publisher: Government Institutes

Popular opinion would have us believe that America's free market system is driven by greed and materialism, resulting in gross inequalities of wealth, destruction of the environment, and other social ills. Even proponents of capitalism often refer to the free market as simply a 'lesser evil' whose faults are preferable to those of social democracy or communism. But what if the conventional understanding of capitalism as corrupt and unprincipled is wrong? What if the free market economy actually reinforces Christian values? In Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism, Arthur C. Brooks and Peter Wehner explore how America's system of democratic capitalism both depends upon and cultivates an intricate social web of families, churches, and communities. Far from oppressing and depriving individuals, the free market system uniquely enables Americans to exercise vocation and experience the dignity of self-sufficiency, all while contributing to the common good. The fruits of this system include the alleviation of poverty, better health, and greater access to education than at any other time in human history-but also a more significant prosperity: the flourishing of the human soul.

The Morality of War

  • Filename: the-morality-of-war.
  • ISBN: 1770481923
  • Release Date: 2006-06-16
  • Number of pages: 289
  • Author: Brian Orend
  • Publisher: Broadview Press

"Brian Orend's The Morality of War promises to become the single most comprehensive and important book on just war for this generation. It moves far beyond the review of the standard just war categories to deal comprehensively with the new challenges of the conflict with terrorism. It thoughtfully reviews every major military conflict of the past few decades, mining them for implications of the evolving tradition of just war thinking. It concludes with a critical engagement with the major alternatives to just war thinking: pacifism and 'realism.' It is, in short, the most comprehensive and thoughtful assessment of all aspects of just war since Michael Walzer's classic Just and Unjust Wars." - Martin L. Cook, United States Air Force Academy

Introducing Moral Theology

  • Filename: introducing-moral-theology.
  • ISBN: 9781441201904
  • Release Date: 2008-10-01
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: William C. III Mattison
  • Publisher: Brazos Press

Whether in the cafeteria, classroom, or dorm lounge, questions abound on college campuses. Not only do students grapple with existential issues but they also struggle with ethical ones such as "Why be moral?" In Introducing Moral Theology, William Mattison addresses this question as well as grapples with the impact that religious belief has on day-to-day living. Structured in two parts, this unique text on Catholic moral theology covers cardinal virtues (temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice) as well as theological virtues (faith, hope, and love). It is equipped with study questions, terms and their definitions, and illustrative case studies. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, this overview will also appeal to non-Catholics interested in virtue ethics.

Money and the Morality of Exchange

  • Filename: money-and-the-morality-of-exchange.
  • ISBN: 0521367743
  • Release Date: 1989-11-09
  • Number of pages: 276
  • Author: Jonathan Parry
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection is concerned with the symbolic representation of money in a range of different societies, and more specifically with the moral evaluation of monetary and commercial exchanges. It focuses on the different cultural meanings surrounding monetary transactions, emphasizing the enormous cultural variation in the way money is symbolized and how this symbolism relates to culturally constructed notions of production, consumption, circulation, and exchange.

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals

  • Filename: an-enquiry-concerning-the-principles-of-morals.
  • ISBN: 9781627931526
  • Release Date: 2013-04-29
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: David Hume
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

David Hume's An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals argues that morals are not based in rational thought, but rather are sentimental endeavors. This text highlights how approval and disapproval can be used to make moral judgments, and how this might elevate certain aspects of society. Hume's book delves into the human psyche and, therefore, aids our understanding of society and life as a whole.

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