Author Paul O’Hara Gives a Discourse on Ethics in New Book

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Morality, rationality, duty and happiness are discussed in-depth in these pages

With the unanswered question of what is moral and immoral constantly lingering in political, social, and religious discussions, author Paul O’Hara contributes his thoughts with the release of his Discourse on Ethics. He gives a brief overview of some of the more basic concepts in ethics: the concepts of happiness, virtue, and duty.

In this book, he gives interesting points and key answers to thought-provoking questions, such as:

  •     Which is the more important; is it more important that we pursue happiness, or is it more important that we pursue virtue?
  •     How should our moral outlook be shaped? Should it be shaped according to the needs and expectations of our own species, or should it be shaped according to the needs and expectations of all sentient beings?
  •     Is it fitting that the virtuous should be happy but not the vicious, that the wise should be happy but not the ignorant?

Happiness, virtue, and duty, and its relation to each other are the highlights in this book. To stress on these three subjects, the author covers significant themes as well: Pleasure and Pain, Reward and Punishment, Reason and Objectivity, Duty and Self-Interest, Motives and Consequences, Benevolence and Malevolence.

Rationality it could be argued is a double-edged sword; on the one hand, it may lead to acts of great depravity, and on the other hand, it may lead to acts of great nobility.

For more information on this book, interested parties can log on to

Discourse on Ethics * by Paul O'Hara
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Trade Paperback; $ 32.09; 177 pages; 978-1-4628-7127-8
Trade Hardback; $ 53.49; 177 pages; 978-1-4628-7128-5

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