Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines / Edition 1

Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines / Edition 1

by Julian Baggini
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192803395

ISBN-13: 9780192803399

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Julian Baggini examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind the news headlines. We read about what is happening in the world, but how do we know what the truth is, or whether there is one 'truth' at all? A president has his private sexual affairs discussed and analysed by everyone, but is someone's private life the proper moral concern of others? A…  See more details below

Overview

Julian Baggini examines the philosophical issues and disputes that lie behind the news headlines. We read about what is happening in the world, but how do we know what the truth is, or whether there is one 'truth' at all? A president has his private sexual affairs discussed and analysed by everyone, but is someone's private life the proper moral concern of others? A 'war' against terrorism is declared, but what justifies the use of armed forces with its inevitable loss of life?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192803399
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.81(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Philosophy behind the Headlines1
1Truth, lies, and videotape: The problem of knowledge15
2Doing the right thing: Ethics and private life49
3Ballot bores: Rethinking politics85
4Hawks and doves: The morality of war113
5Test-tube trouble: Science under fire143
6Green thinking: Conceptualizing the environment171
7Cult friction: Faith and reason197
8Bread and circuses: Calculating value221
9From conception to coffin: When to end life243
10The rest of life: Philosophy beyond the headlines263
Further Reading289
Illustration Sources291
Index293

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