This is one of my favourite ‘academic’ books on ethics and basically steps you through the major ethical theories including ethical egoism, utilitarianism, rights theories, Kant, deontology and virtue ethics.
Hinman suggests ethics is “the conscious reflection on our moral beliefs with the aim of improving, extending, or refining those beliefs in some way.” An understanding of ethics, as Hinman points out is that it ‘seeks to help us determine what will nourish our moral life and what will poison it.”
The platform principle of Intentionomics is “People Get Your Truth – over time your intentions, actions and results will either promote or expose you”. For this reason, Hinman’s book Ethics, provides you with an understanding of ethical theory and practice, and the way that it can help you better understand your own truth and how it relates to global beliefs, is a book well worth reading.
Hinman’s style is very approachable, understandable and not ‘typical’ academic in his approach. He often discusses well known movies as examples and case studies to anchor the key messages that he’s covering, and his chapter ending discussion questions makes this more of a student workbook which I personally really enjoyed because of the challenging nature of some of the questions.
I remember one of my mentors, the late Jim Rohn saying in his ‘How to have your best year ever’ program how important it is to read the tough books and not just the easy ones. This would be at the top of my list for anyone really wanting to understand at a much deeper level what ethics is, and how understanding ethics at a deeper level can help you to make better, more informed choices and intentional actions.