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Ethics for Disaster
     

Ethics for Disaster

by Naomi Zack
 

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ISBN-10: 0742564940

ISBN-13: 9780742564947

Pub. Date: 05/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Ethics for Disaster addresses the moral aspects of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, plane crashes, Avian Flu pandemics, and other disasters. Naomi Zack explores how these catastrophes illuminate the existing inequalities in society. By employing the moral systems of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics to analyze the consequences of recent natural

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Ethics for Disaster addresses the moral aspects of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, plane crashes, Avian Flu pandemics, and other disasters. Naomi Zack explores how these catastrophes illuminate the existing inequalities in society. By employing the moral systems of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics to analyze the consequences of recent natural disasters, Zack reveals the special plight of the poor, disabled, and infirm when tragedy strikes.

Zack explores the political foundations of social contract theory and dignitarianism and invites readers to rethink the distinction between risk in normal times and risk in disaster. Using both real life and fictional examples, Zack forcefully argues for the preservation of normal moral principles in times of national crisis and emergency, stressing the moral obligation of both individuals and government in preparing for and responding to disaster..

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742564947
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/16/2009
Series:
Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
164
Sales rank:
1,036,538
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Disaster Planning: Is Saving the Greatest Number best?
Chapter 2: Lifeboat Ethics: Should We Blow up the Fat Man?
Chapter 3: Virtues for Disaster: Mitch Rapp and Ernest Shakleton
Chapter 4: The Social Contract: Hobbes, Locke, and Art Spiegelman
Chapter 5: Public Policy: Snakes on a Plane, Fire in the Pentagon, and Disaster Rights
Chapter 6: The Disadvantaged in Disaster: Hurricane Katrina
Conclusion: A Code of Ethics for Disaster, Its Implications, and the Water Crisis
Postscript: Moral vs. Monetary Values of Human Life

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