Would You Eat Your Cat?: Key Ethical Conundrums and What They Tell You About Yourself
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Would You Eat Your Cat?: Key Ethical Conundrums and What They Tell You About Yourself

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by Jeremy Stangroom
     
 

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Are you authoritarian or libertarian? Are we morally obligated to end the world? And just what’s wrong with eating your cat?

Would You Eat Your Cat? challenges you to examine these and many other philosophical questions. This unique collection of classic and modern problems and paradoxes is guaranteed to test your preconceptions. Jeremy Stangroom

Overview

Are you authoritarian or libertarian? Are we morally obligated to end the world? And just what’s wrong with eating your cat?

Would You Eat Your Cat? challenges you to examine these and many other philosophical questions. This unique collection of classic and modern problems and paradoxes is guaranteed to test your preconceptions. Jeremy Stangroom creates contemporary versions of famous dilemmas that explore the morality of suicide and the ethics of retribution. He then delves into the background of each conundrum in detail and helps you discover what your responses reveal about yourself with a unique morality barometer. Are you ready to have your best ideas confronted and your ethical foundations shaken? If so, then Would You Eat Your Cat? is the book for you.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stangroom, cofounder of The Philosophers’ Magazine, does a solid job of presenting common moral dilemmas in digestible form, though not with much depth or subtlety. With four sections of hypotheticals (“Ethical Impasses,” “Rights and Responsibilities,” “Crime and Punishment,” and “Society and Politics”) followed by a “Responses” section that addresses more than two dozen specific scenarios, this look at the philosophy of personality falls short of delivering a straightforward argument. With a format reminiscent of Two-Minute Mysteries and other books for younger readers, it is guaranteed to annoy some, as there’s no apparent reason why the discussion of, say, whether torture is justified to stop a bomb from exploding does not follow directly upon the delineation of the situation. Furthermore, farcical names (e.g., Emperor Q. Woolius Liberalis) will appeal more to the inexperienced philosopher. There is some promise as interesting conundrums are addressed—for example, whether we should sacrifice one life to save five. Agent: Elwin Street. (Nov.)
Simon Blackburn - Times Higher Education
“Stangroom has been one of the most entertaining and diligent of a new breed of interpreters of philosophy for a wider audience. . . . I would recommend [Would You Eat Your Cat?] to anyone who needs a primer in moral thought.”
Times Higher Education
Stangroom has been one of the most entertaining and diligent of a new breed of interpreters of philosophy for a wider audience. . . . I would recommend [Would You Eat Your Cat?] to anyone who needs a primer in moral thought.— Simon Blackburn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393344622
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
799,126
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Jeremy Stangroom is an elected Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion. He is a cofounder of The Philosophers’ Magazine and its New Media editor. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Would You Eat Your Cat?: Key Ethical Conundrums and What They Tell You About Yourself 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sav_Abby More than 1 year ago
The fact that some would give this book one star shows they haven't read the book and are simply reacting to the title. A good read. Where do you stand on certain ethical issues?
cheshirx More than 1 year ago
very intresting so far, tough questions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though his name is oreo and he looks lik 1... btws this gets no stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People are messed up I love cats id rather eat my fork instesd of using it on my kittys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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