In a democracy, should everyone--absolutely everyone--get a vote? Does it really matter if tigers become extinct? Why does murder carry a heavier penalty than attempted murder? If you don't like the socks your grandma gives you for Christmas, should you tell her so? This thought-provoking, interactive, and entertaining introduction to ethics will bring you face to face with some tough moral choices. It presents you with 101 imaginative scenarios--sometimes amusing, sometimes tragic, and sometimes uncomfortably realistic--which will force you to re-examine your most cherished assumptions about right and wrong. Including: -Paul, the torturer with a conscience; -Sally, who can prevent enormous suffering for the price of a latte; -Paul, who is handy with a weapon, but not a killer, surely. 101 Dilemmas for the Armchair Philosopher is packed with problems, puzzles, quizzes, and questions, as well as ethical ideas and insights from history's greatest philosophers.
About the Author
Eric Chaline is a professional journalist and writer specializing in history, philosophy, and religion. A graduate of Cambridge University and The School of African and Oriental Studies, London, he lived in Tokyo for seven years where he was English-language editor for Kodansha Publishers. His book credits from that time include Martial Arts for Fitness and Tai Chi for Mind, Body and Spirit, which have been translated into several languages. More recently, he has published titles on philosophy, including The Book of Zen, and on history, including Traveler's Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece, History's Worst Inventions, and History's Worst Deceptions. He now lives and works in London, where he is conducting doctoral research in sociology at South Bank University.