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What is goodness? Is goodness achievable, and if so, how? If being a good person is a matter of doing the right thing, then what is the right thing to do? Is it acting rationally, promoting happiness, exercising moderation in all things or respecting the freedom of others, or is it somehow a concoction of all these abilities, wisely adjusted to suit circumstances? 

In this instructive, entertaining and often humorous book, Gary Cox, best-selling author of How to Be an Existentialist and How to Be a Philosopher, investigates the phenomenon of goodness and what, if anything, it is to be a good person and a paragon of virtue. Part easygoing exploration of the age-old subject of moral philosophy, part personal development and improvement manual, How to Be Good carefully leads the listener on a fascinating journey through the often strange and surprising world of ethics. 

This book covers issues from abortion to animal rights and delves into the meaning, achievability, and reality of goodness through an examination of the work of major philosophical thinkers such as Aristotle, Ayer, Bentham, Gautama Buddha, Hare, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Moore, Plato, Sartre, Singer, Thomson, and Warnock.

©2020 Gary Cox (P)2020 Tantor

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One of the best books on moral philosophy

What a surprisingly amazing book this was! I love books about moral philosophy, but Gary Cox was able to do it in a completely unique way. I've read multiple books on the subject, but I learned more from this book than I have many others. He was able to explain different aspects of moral subjectivism, meta-ethics and other topics in an easy-to-digest way that I loved. Then, at the end of the book, he brings it all together to get your wheels turning about some various debates we face in the world today when it comes to morality and ethics. I can't recommend this book enough, and I look forward to reading some of his other work.