Aug. 24, 2012
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D.B. REINHART INSTITUTE FOR ETHICS IN LEADERSHIP
DIRECTOR RICK KYTE WRITES ETHICS BOOK
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
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.