PETER OWEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021
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Fear, hatred and suspicion are in the ascendent worldwide. What should we do, how do we behave, to reverse this ugly trend? This is the question that was uppermost in the mind of Dr Jim Walsh when he decided to write one of the most important books we at Peter Owen have ever published – Ethics Starts With You.
At its simplest, ethics is a system of moral principles that affect how people make decisions and lead their lives. It tackles these dilemmas:
- How to live a good life
- Our rights and responsibilities
- The language of right and wrong
- Moral decisions - what is good and bad?
Ethics Starts With You explores how we might become better human beings. Each chapter presents a clear, jargon-free overview of an idea, primarily from philosophers such as Hans-Georg Gadamer, Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Paul Sartre. As part of a vivid exploration, each philosophical idea is paired with an example from culture – film, work of literature, piece of music, art. The overall aim is to encourage a more personal ethical perspective than on offer from traditional moral theories when thinking about our relationships and impact upon one another.
In essence, this ground-breaking book addresses what is it to be human and possess the virtue of humanity.
Ethics Starts With You will be published by Peter Owen in May 2021. Of the first impression a limited number of signed and numbered copies will be reserved for those readers who wish to engage now with Dr Jim’s exploration of our humanity and how best to deploy it in an age when hostility to others is becoming second nature for so many.
|Date Published||May 2021|