Let’s ponder: The Little Book of Big Ethical Questions

by Susan Liautaud

I was very interested in exploring this title. I am a reader of the NYT’s weekly Ethicist column and that paper’s Social Q’s. I enjoy reading about a situation and thinking about what I would do or advise regarding it. So, I wanted to try my hand at some of the situations that Ms. Liautaud presents and to consider her responses as someone educated in the the field of ethics.

The introduction to the book is very helpful. In it, the author suggests approaches to thinking about ethical issues. For example, start with facts and don’t only think in stark yes and no terms.

Given the current state of politics, I admire the author for plunging right in. Her first question is about whether a person can be friends with someone who has vastly different political views. Another example of a dilemma is whether one is ethically obligated to help a neighbor.

The book is divided by topic. These include Family and Friends; Politics; Work; Technology; Consumer Choices and, Health. Read in order or by interest.

I sometimes had different thoughts from the author. This is not a criticism but more an invitation to look at issues from different perspectives.

Read, think, enjoy and discuss with someone you know. There is plenty of food for thought.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 05 April 2022

Author: joycesmysteryandfictionbookreviews

I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

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