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Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants


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Preface: An Antimanual of Ethics Acknowledgments Introduction: What Is the Use of Thought Experiments? Part I. Problems, Dilemmas, and Paradoxes: Nineteen Moral Puzzles 1. Emergencies 2. The Child Who Is Drowning in a Pond 3. A Transplant Gone Mad 4. Confronting a Furious Crowd 5. The Killer Trolley 6. Incest in All Innocence 7. The Amoralist 8. The Experience Machine 9. Is a Short and Mediocre Life Preferable to No Life at All? 10. I Would Have Preferred Never to Have Been Born 11. Must We Eliminate Animals in Order to Liberate Them? 12. The Utility Monster 13. A Violinist Has Been Plugged Into Your Back 14. Frankenstein, Minister of Health 15. Who Am I Without My Organs? 16. And If Sexuality Were Free? 17. It Is Harder to Do Good Intentionally Than It Is to Do Evil 18. We Are Free, Even If Everything Is Written in Advance 19. Monsters and Saints Part II. The Ingredients of the Moral "Cuisine" 20. Intuitions and Rules 21. A Little Method! 22. What Remains of Our Moral Intuitions? 23. Where Has the Moral Instinct Gone? 24. A Philosopher Aware of the Limits of His Moral Intuitions Is Worth Two Others, Indeed More 25. Understand the Elementary Rules of Moral Reasoning 26. Dare to Criticize the Elementary Rules of Moral Argument Conclusion Glossary Notes Index

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Savoring the philosophical richness of everyday Experience.

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Ruwen Ogien holds doctorates in both philosophy and social anthropology. He is a director of research in moral philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and sits on the editorial board of the review Raison Publique. His most recent works include Le corps et l'argent and La vie, la mort, l'etat: Le debat bioethique. Martin Thom was trained in social anthropology and is a professional translator, editor, and writer.


Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants is Ruwen Ogien at his very best. The book's richness lies in Ogien's endeavor to do philosophy from the reality of lived experience rather than the kind of imaginary reflection that is characteristic of so much of philosophy. -- Laurence Thomas, Syracuse University A lucid translation of a wide-ranging intellectual foray. Booklist (starred review)

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