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Recommended Readings on Ethics

Foundational Texts

Aristotle, Politics

Augustine, City of God (in part)

Aquinas, Summa Theologica (in part)

Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Martin Luther, A Treatise on Christian Liberty (1520)

-------, Secular Authority: To What Extent it should be Obeyed (1523)

-------, Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants (1525)

John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion (in part)

Thomas Hobbes,  Leviathan (in part)

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

Immanuel Kant, The Foundations of the Metaphysic of Morals

-------, Eternal Peace

John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (in part)

G. W. F. Hegel, Philosophy of Right (in part)

Karl Marx, On Religion, Introduction by Reinhold Niebuhr (1964)

-------, The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction, by David McLellan (1971)

Ethics and World Religions

Robin W. Lovin and Frank L. Reynolds, eds., Cosmogony and Ethical Order: New Studies in Comparative Ethics (1985)

H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture (1951)

Russell F. Sizemore and Donald K. Swearer, eds. Ethics, Wealth, and Salvation: A Study in Buddhist Social Ethics (1990)

Pieris Aloysius, An Asian Theology of Liberation (1988)

Lee H. Yearley, Mencius and Aquinas (1990)

Daniel Keown, The Nature of Buddhist Ethics (1992)

Max Weber, The Religion of China (1951)

-------, The Religion of India (1958)

-------, Ancient Judaism (1952)

Robert N. Bellah, Tokugawa Religion  (1957)

Benjamin I. Schwartz, The World of Thought in Ancient China (1985)

Wing-tsit Chan, ed., Source Book in Chinese Philosophy (1963)

Wolfgang Bauer, China and the Search for Happiness (1976)

Herbert Fingarette, Confucius - the Secular as Sacred (1972)

Jacques Gernet, China and the Christian Impact (1985)

A. C. Graham, Disputers of the Tao (1989)

Marcel Granet, La Pensée Chinoise (1934, 1968)

Donald J. Munro, The Concept of Man in Early China (1969)

Vitaly A. Rubin, Individual and State in Ancient China  (1976)

Philip Novak, The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the world's Religions (1994)

Huston Smith, The World's Religions (1991)

Mircea Eliade, ed., Encyclopedia of Religion (1987)

Peter K. H. Lee, ed., Confucian-Christian Encounters in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (1991)

Ann Elizabeth Mayer, Islam and Human Rights (1991)