Book Cover
Author Tivnan, Edward.

Title The moral imagination : confronting the ethical issues of our day / Edward Tivnan
Published New York : Simon & Schuster, [1995]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
Description 334 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Abortion. The Issue. Against. In Favor. "Pro-Life Feminism" A Middle Road. Constitutional Battle over Abortion, Pros and Cons. In My Opinion -- 2. Suicide. The Issue. Against. In Favor. In My Opinion -- 3. Euthanasia. The Issue. Against. In Favor. A Middle Road. In My Opinion -- 4. Capital Punishment. The Issue. In Favor. Against. In My Opinion -- 5. Racial Justice and Affirmative Action. The Issue. Against. In Favor. In My Opinion -- 6. One Nation, Many Disagreements -- 7. The Moral Imagination
Summary When it comes to the most controversial moral questions of our lives - abortion, euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, racial justice, and affirmative action - there is a right and wrong, but no one owns the truth. This book guides us through the opposing arguments on these profound issues, opening up ways for our pluralistic society to think about them. How does one make up one's mind about the difficult, yet everyday, inescapable social and moral problems we all face? The public debate often degenerates into name-calling and even violence. Conservatives and liberals alike act as if there is only one way to think. In a format that is accessible, anecdotal, and concrete, Edward Tivnan lays out the best arguments on all sides of these visceral topics. He explores the most sophisticated thinking from philosophy, theology, medicine, and the law, as well as examples from the emotional complexities of everyday life, and carefully mediates between opposing ideals - not to lead us to a position of convenience, but to help us toward independent decisions of conviction. Tivnan's analysis, therefore, does not dictate answers, but calls for an effort to understand and respect why people believe so strongly in their own values. Only by facing up to our differences of opinion can we make progress, expand our moral imagination, and achieve a decent and respectful society. In concluding chapters, Tivnan describes the peculiar nature of American democracy, invented by men who knew that freedom would breed conflicting values and expected that such differences would secure the nation's future as a republican democracy. The first premise of a decent, free society, Tivnan writes, is tolerance; "the first sparks of tolerance and decency reside in the imagination - what I want to call the moral imagination." He concludes that expanding our moral imagination "will cleanse debate of hatred and moral arrogance."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-321) and index
Subject Ethical problems.
United States -- Moral conditions.
LC no. 94043331
ISBN 0671747088
0684824760 paperback
9780684824765 paperback