Why It's OK

The Ethics and Aesthetics of How We Live

Philosophers often build cogent arguments for unpopular positions. Recent examples include cases against marriage and pregnancy, for treating animals as our equals, and dismissing some widely popular art as aesthetically inferior. What philosophers have done less often is to offer compelling arguments for widespread and established human behavior, like getting married, having children, eating animals, and going to the movies. But if one role for philosophy is to help us reflect on our lives and build sound justifications for our beliefs and actions, it seems odd that philosophers would neglect the development of arguments for the lifestyles most people—including many philosophers—actually lead. Unfortunately, philosophers’ inattention to normalcy has meant that the ways of life that define our modern societies have gone largely without defense, even as whole literatures have emerged to condemn them.  

Why It’s OK: The Ethics and Aesthetics of How We Live seeks to remedy that. It’s a series of books that provides accessible, sound, and often new and creative arguments for widespread ethical and aesthetic values. Made up of short volumes that assume no previous knowledge of philosophy from the reader, the series recognizes that philosophy is just as important for understanding what we already believe as it is for criticizing the status quo. The series isn’t meant to make us complacent about what we value; rather, it helps and challenges us to think more deeply about the values that give our daily lives meaning. 

Forthcoming:

Why It’s OK to Get Married

Christie J. Hartley

Why It’s OK to Love Bad Movies

Matthew Strohl

Why It’s OK to Eat Meat

Dan C. Shahar

Why It’s OK to Mind Your Own Business

Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke

Why It’s OK to be Fat

Rekha Nath

Why It’s OK to Be a Moral Failure

Robert Talisse

Why It’s OK to Have Bad Grammar and Spelling

Jessica Flanigan

  • Why It's OK to be Of Two Minds book cover

    Why It's OK to be Of Two Minds

    1st Edition

    By Jennifer Church

    Most of us experience the world through competing perspectives. A job or a religion seems important and fulfilling when looked at in one way; but from a different angle they seem tedious or ridiculous. A friend is obtuse from one point of view, wise from another. Continuing to hold both views at…

    Paperback – 2020-05-31 
    Routledge
    Why It's OK

  • Why It's OK to Ignore Politics book cover

    Why It's OK to Ignore Politics

    1st Edition

    By Christopher Freiman

    Do you feel like you’re the only person at your office without an "I Voted!" sticker on Election Day? It turns out that you're far from alone – 100 million eligible U.S. voters never went to the polls in 2016. That’s about 35 million more than voted for the winning presidential candidate. In this…

    Paperback – 2020-05-15 
    Routledge
    Why It's OK

  • Why It's OK to Want to Be Rich book cover

    Why It's OK to Want to Be Rich

    1st Edition

    By Jason Brennan

    Finger-wagging moralizers say the love of money is the root of all evil. They assume that making a lot of money requires exploiting others, and that the best way to wash off the resulting stain is to give a lot of it away. In Why It’s OK to Want to Be Rich, Jason Brennan shows that the moralizers…

    Paperback – 2020-05-15 
    Routledge
    Why It's OK

  • Why It's OK to Make Bad Choices book cover

    Why It's OK to Make Bad Choices

    1st Edition

    By William Glod

    If we are kind people, we care about others, including others who tend to hurt themselves. We all have friends or family members who have potential but squander or even ruin their lives from things like drug abuse, unwise spending decisions, or poor dietary habits. Concern for others often…

    Paperback – 2020-05-15 
    Routledge
    Why It's OK