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Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics: An Introduction to Theories of Right & Wrong [Paperback]

By Steve Wilkens (Author)
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Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830815279  
EAN  9780830815272  

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With never-failing clarity, Steve Wilkens unpacks the complicated ideas behind the bumper stickers. Here a reliable, insightful teacher lays out the basics of cultural relativism, emotivism, utilitarianism, situation ethics, deontology and the other moralities of the day, and suggests Christian evaluations of each.

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With this introductory text, Steve Wilkens takes a fresh, friendly approach to understanding and evaluating various ethical systems. Beginning each chapter with a "bumper sticker" slogan ("If it feels good, do it"; "God said it, I believe it, that settles it;" "When in Rome?"), he then moves on to examine the complex questions, conclusions and assumptions that lie at its heart. Wilkens acquaints students with the vast array of classic and contemporary approaches to ethics: cultural relativism, emotivism, behaviourism, hedonism, ethical egoism, atheistic existentialism, utilitarianism, categorical imperative, hierarchicalism, situation ethics, theistic existentialism, theological voluntarism, and natural law ethics. For each system, his thorough introduction explores its popular "bumper sticker" expression, its core assumptions and basic elements, the questions that give rise to it, and its strengths and weaknesses.Students, professors and general readers will welcome Wilken's engaging text which simultaneously offers a well-rounded assessment of ethical systems and shows the relevance and prevalence of ethical ideas in daily life.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve Wilkens, Paul Shrier, and Ralph P. Martin are professors of theology at Azusa Pacific University.

Steve Wilkens was born in 1955.

Steve Wilkens has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christianity & Western Thought
  2. Spectrum Multiview Books

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Exposes Simplistic Thinking  Mar 21, 2008
Wilkens' book is well designed and thought out related to how human beings make simplistic decisions in the face of complex situations. Using bumper sticker slogans, Wilkens shows how complex ethical constructs are often reduced to uninformed uses. An example is cultural relativism reduced to "When in Rome, Do as the Romans." Wilkens shows through examples and logical thought how this simplistic "Bumper Sticker Ethic," utilized by many people, actually plays itself out in the day-to-day. Several sections related to philosophers are a little difficult for most readers to understand, but overall a good introduction to the many constructs in ethics.
students love it  Aug 26, 2006
Steve Wilkens' book is a good one for introductory studies in ethics. I have used it as a required textbook in two different courses (one grad and one undergrad), and in both cases my students loved it. Wilkens paradoxically makes difficult concepts (such as Kantian ethics) easy to understand while yet teaching students not to oversimplify complex thought. He shows genuine appreciation for various ethical approaches without being syncretistic. With that, he models the not-so-common virtue of intellectual hospitality.
A very good introduction  Jun 12, 2006
I was very pleased with the fairness of this book toward ethical systems that the author did not agree with. In an ethics class I had last semester, we used this book and Christian Ethics by Norman Geisler. This one was far superior, as Geisler simply attacked straw-men and defended his own position. Wilkens does an admirable job of giving a short but decisive overview of most of the major ethical systems one would be likely to encounter in the West today. After introducing them he would list some apparent problems with the system, then list some possible responses to these allegations. It resulted in a wonderfully fair overview. Mind you, it is not very detailed and should not be used for anything but an introduction to these issues. There is but one brief chapter on each ethical system, so do not look here if you need a lot of information on a specific system. My only complaint is that he did not really give any indication as to what ethical system is preferable. I know that he wanted to be fair, and he was, but I should like to have seen him, in a last chapter/conclusion, present what he thought to be the ideal ethical system.

Overall grade: A-
You should know this!  Aug 23, 2005
If you never heared about most influential Ethical/Moral theories, then buy this book and read it.
If you already know some stuff about Ethics, then buy it and read it anyways.
If you don't care about Ethics, still you have to read it.
You have NO choice.
You OUGHT to read it!
A joy to read  Aug 4, 2005
Many philosophical and theological books are written by people who are good thinkers but bad writers. Wilkens on the contrary is a very good writer. He presents the various ethical systems in a clear and logical manner, and does it in a way that makes it a joy to read.
Chose this over Geisler.

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