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Rough Waters and Other Stories: Facing Ethical Dilemmas

Rough Waters and Other Stories is a collection of original stories addressing different ethical questions and dilemmas, with guidance notes for teaching and study. They collectively make the case for a tragic approach to ethics. The characters in Rough Waters and Other Stories – some based on real historical people - must make or finesse ethical choices, some of them straight-forward, others tragic in nature. Tragic choices involve trade-offs between seemingly irreconcilable but important goals. Alternatively, they entail committing ourselves to decisions or policies whose outcomes are uncertain. We are desperate to avoid tragic choices and prone to convince ourselves – often in the face of good evidence – that we can satisfy all of our desires or needs instead of making difficult choices between or among them. We also tend to convince ourselves that our decisions or policies well succeed in proportion to the degree that we feel compelled to commit to them. A standard trope of Greek tragedy – think here of Oedipus – is that our choices sometimes lead directly to the outcomes we are trying desperately to avoid.

Author: Dr Richard Ned Lebow is Professor of International Political Theory, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Title: Rough Waters and Other Stories
Subtitle: Facing Ethical Dilemmas
Subject Classification: Morals, Society and Culture, Philosophy
BIC Classification: HPQ, JF, HP
Binding: Hardback, pp. (to be confirmed)
Planned Publication date: March 2022
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-871891-37-9
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-871891-38-6

Price: £69.99
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