Book in process: a third edition of my Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge 2018).
Catholic Philosophers Across the Ages (2017) is a series of twenty-four talks on Catholic Philosophers, professionally recorded by Now You Know Media, and soon to be available in audio versions. The talks are on BEGINNINGS (Introduction; The Bible, Plato, and Aristotle; Aristides, Justin, Clement, and Tertullian; Irenaeus clarifies the problem of evil; Menucius Felix debates non-believers; Origen criticizes biblical fundamentalism; Augustine converts to Christianity; and Augustine on Christian doctrine); MIDDLE (The Middle Ages through Anselm; Arguments for God's existence; Aquinas on faith and reason; Aquinas on God as first cause; Aquinas on God as the world's designer; Aquinas and the natural moral law; Ockham, Loyola, and Galileo; and Descartes); and RECENT (Catholic philosophy in transition, The loss of faith among intellectuals, Teilhard and evolution, Stein on woman's special value, Callahan on pro-life feminism, Copleston debates Russell, Plantinga on Christian philosophy, and Rescher and John Paul II). These talks are based on my Anthology of Catholic Philosophy.
Introduction to Logic, third edition (New York and London: Routledge, 2017), 414 pages, with the companion LogiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual [not yet done]: a basic and intermediate logic text. This is a thorough rewrite of the second edition. The preface talks about improvements.
Ethics and Religion, (New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 196 pages. This book develops strong versions of both divine command theory (which sees God's will as creating the moral order) and natural law (which accepts ethical truths that don't depend on God's will but perhaps depend on his reason or creation). It also deals with how atheists object on ethical grounds to belief in God and how they view ethics; it defends belief from their objections. It also explores related topics, such as practical reason, the golden rule, ethics and evolution, the problem of evil, and the fine-tuning argument. Click here to order. This is being translated into Arabic for Dar al-Rafidain Press.
The Golden Rule: A Moral Ideal for the World (2013) is a series of twelve talks on the golden rule, professionally recorded by Now You Know Media, and available in video and audio versions. The talks are on BASICS (Introduction, Fallacies, and Stories); PRACTICE (Moral education, Egoism and evolution, and Applied ethics); RELIGION (Christianity, Interfaith dialogue, and Non-Christian faiths); and HISTORY (Before 1900 -- this one is online as a sample, The slavery debate, and Since 1900). These talks are based on my Ethics and the Golden Rule.
Ethics and the Golden Rule (New York and London: Routledge, 2013), a fairly comprehensive treatment of the golden rule ("Treat others as you want to be treated"). It covers a wide range of topics, such as how the golden rule connects with world religions and history, how it applies to practical areas like moral education and business, and how it can be understood and defended philosophically. I wrote this to be a "golden-rule book for everyone," from students to general readers to specialists. Click here for a video overview or here to preview the first 30 pages. Click here to order (or click here for the Kindle version, which I fine-tuned to fit the e-book format).
Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction, second edition (New York and London: Routledge, 2011), 190 pages, with the companion EthiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual: a text for beginning undergraduates. This is a thorough rewrite of the first edition, with added chapters on virtue ethics and natural law.
Introduction to Logic, second edition (New York and London: Routledge, 2010), 420 pages, with the companion LogiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual: a basic and intermediate logic text. This is a thorough rewrite of the first edition, with added chapters on the history of logic, deviant logic, and philosophy of logic. Translated into Portuguese as Introdução à Lógica by Christian Marcel de Amorim Perret Gentil Dit Maillard (São Paulo: Paulus, 2016). This book is now obsolete, being replaced by the third edition (mentioned above).
Historical Dictionary of Ethics (Lanham, Md., Scarecrow Press [Rowman & Littlefield], 2008), 363 pages, a one-volume encyclopedia of ethics, co-authored with Earl W. Spurgin. The A to Z of Ethics (2010) is a paperback version.
Historical Dictionary of Logic (Lanham, Md., Scarecrow Press [Rowman & Littlefield], 2006), 307 pages, a one-volume encyclopedia of logic. The A to Z of Logic (2010) is a paperback version.
The Sheed & Ward Anthology of Catholic Philosophy (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), 585 pages: a text and source book, co-edited with James C. Swindal.
Ethics: Contemporary Readings (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), 314 pages: an ethics anthology, co-edited with Earl W. Spurgin and James C. Swindal.
Introduction to Logic, first edition (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), 399 pages, with the companion LogiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual: a basic and intermediate logic text. This is a thorough rewrite of the two Prentice-Hall logic books mentioned below, incorporating and updating all of their materials. Chapter 11 was translated into Persian by Mehdi Akhavan and published in the Iranian journal Naqd o Nazar. This book is now obsolete, being replaced by the third edition (mentioned above).
Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (London and New York: Routledge, 1998), 211 pages, with the companion EthiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual: a text for beginning undergraduates. Translated into Chinese as by Zhoubaheng Danshile (Taiwan: Weber, 1999), into French as Questions d'éthique: Une approche raisonnée de quelques perspectives contemporaines by M.-C. Désorcy (Montréal and Toronto: Chenelière/McGraw-Hill, 2002), into Thai as by Jakaew Tanunath (Bangkok, 2006), and into Persian as by Mehdi Akhavan (Tehran: Elmi-Farhangi, 2009). Three selections translated into a Portuguese reader, A Arte de Pensar, ed. Desidério Murcho (Lisbon: Didáctica Editora, 2007). This book is now obsolete, being replaced by the second edition (mentioned above).
Formal Ethics (London and New York: Routledge, 1996), 213 pages, with the companion EthiCola instructional program: a scholarly work on the golden rule and related principles. Translated into Persian as by Mehdi Akhavan (Tehran, Iran: Elmi-Farhangi, 2009).
Symbolic Logic: Classical and Advanced Systems (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1990), 329 pages, with the companion LogiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual: an intermediate logic text. This book is now out of print and obsolete, being replaced by my Introduction to Logic (above).
Logic: Analyzing and Appraising Arguments (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1989), 438 pages, with the companion LogiCola instructional program and a Teacher Manual and a Study Guide: a basic logic text. This book is now out of print and obsolete, being replaced by my Introduction to Logic (above).
Gödel's Theorem Simplified (Washington: University Press of America, 1984), 83 pages: a simpler presentation of the theorem.
To order any of my books, click here or here. Several of my books are available in e-book format: Kindle, Sony, Routledge (search for author Gensler).
Some of my articles are available online (but some may be accessible only from university locations):
And some of my book reviews are available online:
- "A simplified decision procedure for categorical syllogisms," Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic 14 (1973): 457-66.
- "The prescriptivism incompleteness theorem," Mind 85 (1976): 589-96.
- "Acting commits one to ethical beliefs," Analysis 43 (1983): 40-43.
- "How incomplete is prescriptivism?" Mind 93 (1984): 103-107.
- "Logic and the first critique," Kant-Studien 76 (1985): 276-87.
- "Ethical consistency principles," The Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1985): 156-70.
- "A Kantian argument against abortion," Philosophical Studies 48 (1985): 57-72 and 49 (1986): 83-98.
- "Ethics is based on rationality," Journal of Value Inquiry 20 (1986): 251-64.
- "A click in the right direction: Marry textbooks and computers and you may have a learning match made in heaven," London Times Higher Education Supplement (textbook guide, February 26, 1999): page 9.
- I had a debate with Peter Singer at John Carroll University on December 4, 2000 about the sanctity of human life. Here's the text of my response to Singer. For an expanded version of the debate, see my "Singer's unsanctity of human life: A critique," in Peter Singer Under Fire, edited by Jeffrey A. Schaler (Chicago: Open Court, 2009), pages 163-84 (with Peter Singer's response on pages 185-94).
- "Faith, reason, and alternatives to Genesis 1:1," Proceedings of the Jesuit Philosophical Association (2011): 29-47. For my related Windows game to illustrate the fine-tuning argument for the existence of God, click here: Genesis.
- "Reflections on the golden rule" (presidential address), Proceedings of the Jesuit Philosophical Association (2013): 11-23.
- "Persia and the golden rule," Religious Inquiries (Teheran, Iran) 2 (2013): 29-46. [On the golden rule in Persia and in Islam.]
- Review of Morality and Universality, edited by Nelson T. Potter and Mark Timmons, Noûs 23 (1989): 555-57.
- "So why do anything?" (Review of Understanding Human Goods: A Theory of Ethics, by T.D.J. Chappell), London Times Higher Education Supplement (January 22, 1999): 35.
- "Peter Singer -- Moral Hero or Nazi?" (Review of Singer and His Critics, edited by Dale Jamieson, and Ethics into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement, by Peter Singer), London Times Higher Education Supplement (October 8, 1999): 26.
- "Logic and superman" (Review of Logical Properties: Identity, Existence, Predication, Necessity, Truth, by Colin McGinn), London Times Higher Education Supplement (October 26, 2001): 28.
- "Big questions for party-goer" (Review of Kant: A Biography, by Manfred Kuehn), London Times Higher Education Supplement (April 12, 2002): 28-29.
- "Taxing question of the blue (or green) sideswiper" (Review of An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic, by Ian Hacking), London Times Higher Education Supplement Textbook Guide (May 31, 2002): 31.
- "Detached analysis, engaged nihilism" (Review of New British Philosophy: The Interviews, edited by Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom), London Times Higher Education Supplement (October 25, 2002).
- Review of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology, edited by Thomas P. Flint and Michael C. Rea, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (September 20, 2009), 4 pages long.
- Review of Ethics and Experience: Life Beyond Moral Theory, by Timothy Chappell, The Philosophical Quarterly 61 (October 2011): 878-80.
- Amazon Review of James Murphy's War's Ends (April 7, 2015)
- Amazon Review of Mike Bushman's Doing Unto Others (April 18, 2015).
- Amazon review of Thomas Carson's Lincoln's Ethics (July 1, 2015).
- Amazon Review of Rami Shapiro's The Golden Rule and the Games People Play: The Ultimate Strategy for a Meaning-Filled Life (October 25, 2015).