Six Ethics: A Rights-Based Approach to Establishing an Objective Common Morality
Publication date: January 2012
Digital Book format: ePub (DRM-Free)
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Six Ethics proposes a rights-based approach to ethics and morality in order to create a more equitable world. The book examines the role of religion in human society, and the development of rational thought, science, and law, as related to human rights, civil liberties, and personal freedoms. Through a systematic presentation of the fundamental ethical principles that underlie the articulation and defense of human rights and civil liberties, a framework that allows religion and rationality to co-exist peacefully is developed.
The Golden Rule, or "Do unto others that which you would have them do unto you," is the most common belief of all religions. It forms the framework's foundation as the first ethic, The Ethic of Reciprocity. Five additional ethics are used to formulate, apply to, and interpret our laws.
The author brings together research and information from some of today's renowned journalists and thinkers, such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Susan Jacoby, in support of his own thinking about human rights, ethics, and morality. The U.S. Constitution, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union provide a strong foundation for his approach, and the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, Gandhi, Charles Darwin, Elie Wiesel, and Abraham Lincoln, among others, bring reinforcement.
First to bring together the work and words of these thinkers and institutions, Six Ethics makes a convincing case that this framework is the way to develop a common basis for public morality and ethics by bringing about a common understanding of human rights and dignity.