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Aug. 24, 2012

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu

D.B. REINHART INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS IN LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR RICK KYTE WRITES ETHICS BOOK 

Hot off the press is An Ethical Life: A Practical Guide to Ethical Reasoning, authored by Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Institute for Ethics in Leadership. Kyte, who also teaches philosophy, wrote the book over the course of two years. It is intended to be used as an introductory college textbook, but it is also written to be accessible to the general reader who just wants to learn more about ethics. 

“I had been dissatisfied for several years with the standard approaches to teaching ethics and over time had developed my own method and materials,” Kyte said of his decision to write a book. “So many textbooks emphasize technical concepts and theories that result in making ethical decision-making overly complex.  I wanted to write something that students would enjoy reading and would also give them confidence in their native reasoning abilities.” 

Kyte writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune entitled “The Ethical Life.” He is a member of the La Crosse Tribune Editorial Board and the La Crosse County Ethics Board.  He earned his PhD in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University in 1994.  Before coming to Viterbo University in 2000 he taught at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Published by Anselm Academic, the book is expected to be popular because of its emphasis on taking a practical approach to looking at ethics which includes showing readers how it is possible to work out complex ethical problems in dialogue with others.

“Why study ethics,” Kyte writes in the preface. “The obvious answer is to become a better person, that is, to become a better citizen, neighbor, parent, co-worker, leader, teacher, or friend.”

The book is available on amazon.com or directly from the publisher at www.anselmacademic.org.


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