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|2||Equality and Its Implications||16|
|3||Equality for Animals?||55|
|4||What's Wrong with Killing?||83|
|5||Taking Life: Animals||110|
|6||Taking Life: The Embryo and the Fetus||135|
|7||Taking Life: Humans||175|
|8||Rich and Poor||218|
|9||Insiders and Outsiders||247|
|11||Ends and Means||289|
|12||Why Act Morally?||314|
|Appendix: On Being Silenced in Germany||337|
|Notes, References, and Further Reading||360|
Posted February 27, 2005
Reading this book was a very validating experience for me. Growing up in Christian dominated America, I often found myself bewildered by many of the commonly accepted Christian stances: its okay to kill people on death row, but not an unborn fetus; euthanasia is okay for a sick dog, but not a sick person; its okay to kill animals for sport and war is okay too, but 'thou shalt not kill'; stopping premarital sex and gay marriage is more important than saving the 24,000 people who die of hunger each day. Singer presents a clear cut ethical stance and follows it through to all of the tough issues facing man today. He offers no apologies and he doesn't back down from his stance when he reaches controversial conclusions. He also explains where others have gone wrong in trying to address these very tough ethical questions. Additionally, I really enjoyed Singers writing style. Ethics can definitely be a dry subject but Singer brings it to life with telling examples and narratives. The book is divided into easily digestible sections, and Singer builds a foundation in early chapters which he uses to develop more complex stances about abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the environment, etc. Many of the conclusions in this book are hard to grasp against the current moral backdrop of the Western world, but Singer lays them out in a logical sequence that makes them hard to refute. I am not a Christian, but this book helped to show me just how influenced even I have been by Christian morality. We all need to take a look at our ideas about ethics and realize where they come from. This book may be a difficult read for some, but I think that is all the more reason that this book is a MUST read.
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Posted January 6, 2000
Very interesting book. Some conclusions are controversial, but impeccably argued and reasoned. At the very least, it will force you to confront how you examine basic ethical situationsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.