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This book is a collection of key writings on moral philosophy. It begins with a set of essays by the classic philosophers (Aristotle, Kant and others) showing the historical background of moral thought and then proceeds to essays on specific topics by contemporary writers (Peter Singer, Robert Nozick and others). There are pro and con essays dealing with such topics as abortion, suicide, animal rights, the death penalty and civil disobedience. Unfortunately, good philosophers are not necessarily good writers, and as a result some of these essays are tough reading. But they all reflect what I believe to be the style in which ‘professional’ philosophers write, which includes a statement of what they want to establish and then a discussion of the bigger problem broken into many smaller problems that are then sorted through, one by one, producing a proposed general solution to the topic at hand.
One practical feature of this anthology is simply its size…McGraw Hill produced a well bound, small paperback with a clear font. It was easy to carry and easy to read. And as a bonus, they somehow allowed enough space to let one make marginal notations. I found a used copy for $8 but it was definitely worth twice this amount given the excellent content.
Readers should consider acquiring the companion volume ‘The Elements of Moral Philosophy’, also by James Rachels. Read this book first and then move on to ‘The Right Thing to Do’ for a great overview of this subject.