Practical Ethics / Edition 2

Practical Ethics / Edition 2

by Peter Singer, Singer
     
 

Peter Singer's remarkably clear and comprehensive Practical Ethics has become a classic introduction to applied ethics since its publication in 1979 and has been translated into many languages. For this second edition the author has revised all the existing chapters, added two new ones, and updated the bibliography. He has also added an appendix describing some of the… See more details below

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Peter Singer's remarkably clear and comprehensive Practical Ethics has become a classic introduction to applied ethics since its publication in 1979 and has been translated into many languages. For this second edition the author has revised all the existing chapters, added two new ones, and updated the bibliography. He has also added an appendix describing some of the deep misunderstanding of, and consequent violent reaction to, the book in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where the book has tested the limits of freedom of speech. The focus of the book is the application of ethics to difficult and controversial social questions: equality and discrimination by race, sex, ability, or species; abortion, euthanasia, and embryo experimentation; the moral status of animals; political violence and civil disobedience; overseas aid and the obligation to assist others; responsibility for the environment; the treatment of refugees. Singer explains and assesses relevant arguments in a perspicuous, non-doctrinaire way. He structures the book to show how contemporary controversies often have deep philosophical roots; and he presents an ethical theory of his own that can be applied consistently and convincingly to all the practical cases. The book's primary readership remains teachers and students of ethics whether in philosophy or some other branch of the humanities or social sciences. However, such is the clarity of the book's style and structure that it should interest any thinking person concerned with the most difficult social problems facing us as we approach the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521439718
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
411
Sales rank:
1,338,668
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Singer is currently Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Animal Liberation (1975), Rethinking Life and Death (1996) and, most recently, The Life You Can Save (2009). In 2005, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Table of Contents

Preface
1About Ethics1
2Equality and Its Implications16
3Equality for Animals?55
4What's Wrong with Killing?83
5Taking Life: Animals110
6Taking Life: The Embryo and the Fetus135
7Taking Life: Humans175
8Rich and Poor218
9Insiders and Outsiders247
10The Environment264
11Ends and Means289
12Why Act Morally?314
Appendix: On Being Silenced in Germany337
Notes, References, and Further Reading360
Index381

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