Life and Death: Grappling with the Moral Dilemmas of Our Time / Edition 2
This single-authored, brief text explores the moral dilemmas in our lives from a philosophical point of view. Society is deeply divided on the matters of life and death discussed in this book: the sanctity of life versus the quality of life; the meaning of death and dying; suicide; euthanasia; abortion; artificial procreation such as in vitro fertilization and cloning; the death penalty; animal rights; world hunger; and war.
Preface. Welcome to Moral Philosophy: A Word to the Student. Introduction: "Doctor's Death''s" Suicide Machine. 1. What is Ethics? 2. Ethical Relativism vs. Ethical Objectivism. 3. Egoism, Self-Love, and Altruism. 4. Classical Ethical Theories. A. Deontological Ethics. B. Consequentialist Ethics. 5. The Sanctity of Life vs. the Quality of Life. 6. Death and Dying. 7. Suicide. 8. Euthanasia. 9. What is Death? The Crisis of Criteria. Interlude: The Slippery Slope. 10. Abortion: The Greatest Moral Problem of Our Generation. 11. Cloning: The Greatest Moral Problem of the Next Generation? 12. The Death Penalty. 13. Animal Rights. 14 World Hunger and Population. 15. War. Bibliography. Index.