Books: Father & Son

RIGHT & WRONG by Paul Weiss and Jonathan Weiss. 210 pages. Basic Books. $4.95.

Like a pair of Oxford dons, an American father and son sit down for several hours of vigorous tape-recorded discussions of ethics. Occasionally the exchange gets rough ("I think what you said is outrageous." "Why, that's crazy! That's absurd"). But the vehemence only testifies to the fact that the men involved think and feel deeply. They respond to each other from positions of strength and conviction. Paul Weiss, 66, is Sterling Professor of Philosophy at Yale, founder and longtime editor of the Review of Metaphysics; he...