Who Knows What's Right Anymore?

A Guide to Personal Decision-Making

by Earle F. Zeigler



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/25/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7x9
Page Count : 238
ISBN : 9781553691617

About the Book

The whole world needs a cross-cultural approach to personal/ethical decision-making now that satellite communication has created what is called a "global village". The "good" and the "bad" need to be better differentiated somehow as the world seeks to live in harmony while still improving the living standard of untold millions.

Meeting this challenge -- i.e., helping the reader with a three-step "formula" -- the author brought together initially the ideas of four twentieth-century philosophers (Fox, Toulmin, Bayles and Kekes). He then blended these with time-proven ethical advice from three great earlier philosophers (Kant, Mill, and Aristotle). The result is a three-step approach that can be applied successfully to ethical decision-making of either a personal, professional, and environmental nature, one that could well be broadly acceptable on a cross-cultural basis.

After explaining the approach clearly on a step-by-step basis, the reader is presented with 30 case situations -- 10 each of a personal, professional, and environmental nature -- where the approach can be tried out. (Interestingly, as time permits, this initial approach can be then supported or "verified" by superimposing it on a law-court [jurisprudential] argument).

About the Author

Earle Zeigler is semi-retired from professional and scholarly endeavor. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, he has taught, researched and administered programs at Yale University (1943-1949), the University of Michigan (1956-1963), University of Illinois, C-U (1963-1971), and the University of Western Ontario (1949-1956 and 1971-1989). His primary areas of scholarly interest have been in the history and philosophy, management, international and comparative, and professional preparation aspects of his field in education. All told, Zeigler has published 34 books and monographs and 399 articles. In addition to receiving the top three awards in his field (Hetherington Award, AAKPE; Gulick Medal, AAHPERD; Alliance Scholar-of-the-Year, 1977), Zeigler has been recognized by election to Who's Who in Canada, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. He has received two honorary doctorates (LL.D., 1975, University of Windsor, Canada and DSC 1997, University of Lethbridge).

Other books by Earle Zeigler:

Through the Eyes of a Concerned Liberal
A Way Out of Ethical Confusion
Whatever Happened to the Good Life? or Assessing Your "RQ" (Recreation Quotient)