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Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms by Arthur D. Schwartz is a rich cacophony of philosophy examined through the eyes of real-world social context. Divided into two easy to read parts, Schwartz defines the principles of ethics and morality to promote greater wisdom, empowerment and destiny. Some of those key concepts are: virtue, the truth paradox, reality vs actuality, self-interest vs self-correction, romantic vs universal love and the elements of ethics. Along with important principles are examples of philosophical theories by well-known people such as Nietzsche, Ann Rand, Buddha, Blaise Pascal, Tesla and Foucault in order to provide a diversity of ethical perspective. Written in an academic style, this work offers an unbiased opinion of the subjections of right and wrong, but clearly promotes love as the solution to all human conflict.
The second part of the book focuses on how ethical principles can be applied to everyday life, social conundrums, religious dogma, fringe science, the legal system and the economy. Moreover, this is where it gets really interesting. Time travel, the soul, taxes, politics, a New World Order, Utopia, inventions, welfare, abortion, the Middle East, food choices, rights to information, how history replays itself, conspiracy theories, and whether God exists are debated from a moral perspective. These reflections offer clarity to jump start freedom from conformism, clear confusion of hypnotic thinking and create potential life value. Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms by Arthur D. Schwartz offers enlightenment for conservatives, liberals and progressives to find the moral courage to be different and live in harmony with the Universe.