In Best Books for Public Libraries: The 10,000 Top Fiction and Nonfiction Titles (1992), the editor, Steven Arozena, explains that the work "is designed to give librarians a current, single-volume guide to the top critically acclaimed books suitable for general readers (patrons who possess a lay person's knowledge of a wide variety of subjects). His selection of the best books on Ethics (Moral Philosophy) follows.


In General

Joseph Fletcher Situation Ethics: The New Morality. 1966
Hans Jonas Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age. 1985
Bernard Williams Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. 1985

  Systems and Doctrines

Alfie Kohn Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life. 1990
James Rachels Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism. 1990

Political Ethics

Erik H. Erikson Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolrnce. 1970
Stuart Hampshire Innocence and Experience. 1989
A.G. Mojtabai Blessed Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas. 1988
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Nuclear Ethics. 1986

Economic and Professional Ethics

Peter Baida Poor Richard's Legacy: American Business Values from Benjamin Franklin to Donald Trump. 1990
Jeff Lyon Playing God in the Nursery. 1986
Ruth Macklin Mortal Choices: Ethical Dilemmas in Modern Medicine. 1988
Dorothy Nelkin & Laurence Tancredi Dangerous Dossiers: The Social Power of Biological Information. 1989
Robert Proctor Racial  Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis. 1988
David Suzuki & Peter Knudtson, eds. Genethics: Th eClash Between the New Genetics and Human Values. 1989
Sallie Tisdale Sorcerer's Apprentice: Tales of a Modern Hospital. 1986
Edward Yolen Gene Business: Who Should Control Biotechnology? 1986

Ethics of Sex and Reproduction

Andrea Bonnickson In Vitro Fertilization: Building Policy from Laboratories to Legislatures. 1989

Other Ethical Norms

Carol J. Adams Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. 1990
A. Alverez Savage God: A Study of Suicide. 1990
Michael Allen Fox Case for Animal Experimentation: An Evolutionary and Ethical Perspective. 1985
Linda Bird Francke Ambivalence of Abortion. 1978
Laura Fraser Animal Rights Handbook: Everyday Ways to Save Animal Lives. 1990
Andrew H. Malcolm Someday. 1991
Roderick Frazier Nash Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics. 1989
Tom Regan Case for Amimal Gights. 1983
Holmes Rolston, III Environmental Ethics: Duties and Values to the Natural World. 1987
Robert Wennberg Terminal Choices: Euthanasia, Suicide and the Right to Die. 1990