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The Resource Morality's muddy waters : ethical quandaries in modern America, George Cotkin

Morality's muddy waters : ethical quandaries in modern America, George Cotkin

Label
Morality's muddy waters : ethical quandaries in modern America
Title
Morality's muddy waters
Title remainder
ethical quandaries in modern America
Statement of responsibility
George Cotkin
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the face of an uncertain and dangerous world, Americans yearn for a firm moral compass, a clear set of ethical guidelines. But as history shows, by reducing complex situations to simple cases of right or wrong we often go astray." "In Morality's Muddy Waters, historian George Cotkin offers a clarion call on behalf of moral complexity. Revisiting several defining moments in the twentieth century - the American bombing of civilians during World War II, the My Lai massacre, racism in the South, capital punishment, the invasion of Iraq - Cotkin chronicles how historical figures have grappled with the problem of evil and moral responsibility - sometimes successfully, oftentimes not. In the process, he offers a wide-ranging tour of modern American history." "Taken together, Cotkin maintains, these episodes reveal that the central concepts of morality - evil, empathy, and virtue - are both necessary and troubling. Without empathy, for example, we fail to inhabit the world of others; with it, we sometimes elevate individual suffering over political complexities. For Cotkin, close historical analysis may help reenergize these concepts for ethical thinking and acting. Morality's Muddy Waters argues for a moral turn in the way we study and think about history, maintaining that even when answers to ethical dilemmas prove elusive, the act of grappling with them is invaluable." --Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cotkin, George
Dewey number
973.91
Index
index present
LC call number
E839
LC item number
.C68 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethics
  • Ethics
  • Ethical problems
  • Bombing, Aerial
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1968
  • Racism
  • Capital punishment
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • United States
Label
Morality's muddy waters : ethical quandaries in modern America, George Cotkin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The problems of evil -- A sky that never cared less -- The moral mystery of My Lai -- The hate state : empathy and moral luck -- Just rewards? : capital punishment -- Muddiness and moral clarity : the Iraqi situation -- Conclusion: Torture and the tortured
Control code
456729270
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780812242270
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009041294
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)456729270
Label
Morality's muddy waters : ethical quandaries in modern America, George Cotkin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The problems of evil -- A sky that never cared less -- The moral mystery of My Lai -- The hate state : empathy and moral luck -- Just rewards? : capital punishment -- Muddiness and moral clarity : the Iraqi situation -- Conclusion: Torture and the tortured
Control code
456729270
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780812242270
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009041294
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)456729270

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