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.

Happiness and the Christian Moral Life

  • Filename: happiness-and-the-christian-moral-life.
  • ISBN: 9781442209725
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 285
  • Author: Paul J. Wadell
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

An introduction to Christian ethics explores ethics as a path to happiness as opposed to a set of strict rules, addressing the topics of friendship, community, conscience, prudence, virtue, and love.

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 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.

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.


  • Filename: morality.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015049998886
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Author: Servais Pinckaers
  • Publisher: St Augustine PressInc

Richmal Crompton's William is known even to those who have never read the books featuring his anarchic exploits. For many, the scruffy, adventurous and exuberant William and his trials and tribulations with the awful Violet Elizabeth and his companions in daring, Ginger, Henry and Douglas remain a part of our childhood. But what do we know of his creator, who always shunned the limelight? So shy of fame was she that, owing to her unusual Christian name, many people thought she was, in fact, a man. In this biography, Mary Cadogan provides a portrait of a witty and talented writer, and a celebration of her works. Fully illustrated with pictures of Richmal and her family - including the brother, nephew and great-nephew who helped inspire William's antics - and the timeless original pictures of William by Thomas Henry.

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

Reforming the Morality of Usury

  • Filename: reforming-the-morality-of-usury.
  • ISBN: 0761827498
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 164
  • Author: David W. Jones
  • Publisher: University Press of America

In the early years of the sixteenth century, the Church experienced a dramatic shift in its moral perception of the practice of usury. Leaders of the continental Protestant Reformation (Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anabaptist) all grappled with the Roman Catholic Church's moral teaching on the practice of lending money at interest. Although these three theological streams addressed the same moral problem, at relatively the same time, they each responded differently. Reforming the Morality of Usury examines how the leaders of each major stream in the continental Protestant Reformation adopted a different approach to reforming moral teaching on the practice of usury.

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.

The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Filename: the-happiness-hypothesis.
  • ISBN: 9781448166688
  • Release Date: 2015-06-18
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Jonathan Haidt
  • Publisher: Random House

Every culture rests on a bedrock of folk wisdom handed down through generations. The pronouncements of philosophers are homespun by our grandmothers, and find their way into our common sense: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Happiness comes from within. But are these 'truths' really true? Today we all seem to prefer to cling to the notion that a little bit more money, love or success will make us truly happy. Are we wrong? In The Happiness Hypothesis, psychologist Jonathan Haidt exposes traditional wisdom to the scrutiny of modern science, delivering startling insights. We learn that virtue is often not its own reward, why extroverts really are happier than introverts, and why conscious thought is not as important as we might like to think... Drawing on the rich inspiration of both philosophy and science, The Happiness Hypothesis is a remarkable, original and provocative book - ancient wisdom in our time.

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