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This short book offers up 25 dilemmas in five differing categories. The author seeks to help you see both sides of the argument by pointing out those arguments that float and those that sink in the philosophical cesspool. By offering a moral barometer and characterizations like 'if you agree with x then you are mostly likely are a kind of y' he attempts to herd the listener into their ethical position. As with most philosophers, the author offers simple mind experiments luring you into a snap answers, then he makes it a tinsy more complex, twists it just so, does a bait and switch and before you know it you are agreeing that a villain should end the world or suicide is okay.
The organization of the book is problematic for listeners. He first poses each question, one after another, without fluff which loads you with all of these questions, then in part two he deconstructs each one of the 25. For someone listening who does not have a pen and paper while driving down the highway considering whether a 'train conductor should kill one person, five or 500 if the one person is your mother' I found it a touch too overwhelming. You should listen to this book in a place where you can write and jot some notes.
What's is good: it is brief and to the point. Not so good: as usual philosophers don't seem to see grey, its just this evil, that evil and more evil disguised as evil. Give it a listen, at least you will conclude whether you'll think Buffy is tasty.
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The book presents scenarios, asks the reader to make a decision, and makes brief philosophical arguments for each side citing relevant philosophical theories. I found the arguments shallow and often had other reasons to come to my decision based on sociology and psychology that were not touched on.