Can Ethics Provide Answers?: And Other Essays in Moral Philosophy

Can Ethics Provide Answers?: And Other Essays in Moral Philosophy

by James Rachels
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0847683478

ISBN-13: 9780847683475

Pub. Date: 12/19/1996

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Esteemed moral philosopher James Rachels here collects fifteen essays, some classic and others extensively revised, on the nature and limits of moral reasoning. Rachels argues that, rather than simply expressing societal conventions, moral philosophy can subvert received opinion and replace it with something better. Combining a concern for ethical theory with a

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Esteemed moral philosopher James Rachels here collects fifteen essays, some classic and others extensively revised, on the nature and limits of moral reasoning. Rachels argues that, rather than simply expressing societal conventions, moral philosophy can subvert received opinion and replace it with something better. Combining a concern for ethical theory with a discussion of practical moral issues such as euthanasia, the rights of animals, privacy, and affirmative action. "Can Ethics Provide Answers" is an excellent collection for students, scholars, and anyone concerned with the degree to which our principles can guide our policies.

Author Biography: James Rachels is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of "Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism, The End of Life: Euthanasia and Morality", and "The Elements of Moral Philosophy".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847683475
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/19/1996
Series:
Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Moral Philosophy as a Subversive Activity Chapter 2 Can Ethics Provide Answers? Chapter 3 John Dewey and the Truth about Ethics Chapter 4 Active and Passive Euthanasia Chapter 5 Killing, Letting Die, and the Value of Life Chapter 6 Do Animals Have Rights? Chapter 7 The Moral Argument for Vegetarianism Chapter 8 God and Moral Autonomy Chapter 9 Lying and the Ethics of Absolute Rules Chapter 10 Why Privacy Is Important Chapter 11 Reflections on the Idea of Equality Chapter 12 What People Deserve Chapter 13 Coping with Prejudice Chapter 14 Morality, Parents, and Children Chapter 15 When Philosophers Shoot from the Hip

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