The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics

The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems

The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems


Brief yet thorough and affordably priced, The Ethical Life: Fundamental Readings in Ethics and Moral Problems, Fourth Edition, is ideal for courses in introductory ethics and contemporary moral problems. Featuring forty-two readings divided into four parts–The Good Life, Normative Ethics, Metaethics, and Moral Problems–it introduces students to ethical theory and a wide range of moral issues. The essays include selections from such historically influential philosophers as Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill alongside work by contemporary philosophers like Philippa Foot, Robert Nozick, Peter Singer, and Judith Jarvis Thomson. Detailed reading introductions provide helpful contextual information.

Designed as a companion reader to Russ Shafer-Landau’s textbook, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Fourth Edition, this volume is also comprehensive enough to be used on its own.


“The chief strength of the book is that it is perfectly comprehensive, covering essential literature ranging from general issues of value theory to metaethics to ethical theory and then on to applied ethics. Shafer-Landau’s writing style is very clear and perfectly appropriate for any college-level student.”–Jamie Phillips, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

“This is the best introductory textbook of primary sources in moral philosophy. Paired with The Fundamentals of Ethics,this is perfectly suited for an introductory undergraduate course in ethics.”–Aleksander Pjevalica, University of Texas at El Paso

“Shafer-Landau’s writing is exceptional. The introductions tend to be spot-on. The book’s affordable pricing (especially as part of the package with The Fundamentals of Ethics) and small size are added bonuses.”–Robert M. Farley, Hillsborough Community College

“I think that this book is great: I like that it is shorter than the huge 700+-page books out there, and way less expensive too. I also like that there are instructor manual resources available.”–Phil Jenkins, Marywood University

“I have always liked the test bank questions that OUP supplies with its course materials, and these are no exception (I can’t say the same about every publisher!).”–David Burris, Arizona Western College

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