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An accessible introduction to ethics
Whether you're a student studying philosophy at any level, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating subject, Understand Ethics is an accessible introduction to all the key theories and thinkers. Fully updated, this latest edition includes contemporary examples and discussion of current debates including terrorism, genetics and the media, helping you to grasp how ethics applies to life today.
Understand Ethics includes:
Chapter 1: Introduction: the art of living
What makes something moral?
What is the point of ethics?
What price integrity?
Rights and responsibilities
The art of living
Chapter 2: Free to choose?
What kind of freedom?
Freedom and the State
How much freedom does morality need?
Chapter 3: What do we mean?
Three kinds of language
Defining key terms
'Is' and 'ought'
Chapter 4: Is it natural?
Does it have a 'final cause'?
Some features of 'natural law'
How do you decide what is 'natural'?
Applying 'natural law'
Are we naturally good or bad?
Evolution, change and the natural law
Chapter 5: Looking for results
Forms of utilitarianism
General criticisms of utilitarianism
Chapter 6: The experience of moral choice
The categorical imperative
The creative response
Determined and yet free?
Chapter 7: Personal development and virtue
Humankind, Marx and Freud
Chapter 8: Law and order
Society and moral choice
In whose interest?
Is equality possible?
A social contract
Crime and punishment
If Nietzsche were a civil servant...
Chapter 9: Religion and moral values
How are religion and morality related?
The basis for religious ethics
Religious values and society
Should religious freedom be restricted?
Chapter 10: Scepticism and relativism
Philosophers or politicians?
Relativism and moral absolutes
Chapter 11: Applied ethics
The natural environment
War and peace
Some issues in medical ethics
The beginning and end of life
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Art of Living / What makes something moral? / What is the point of ethics? / At what price is integrity? / Rights and responsibilities / The art of living / Free to choose? / What kind of freedom? / Free will / Determinism / Reductionism / How much freedom does morality need? / Freedom and the state / What do we mean? / Three kinds of language / Defining key terms / Some theories / ‘Is’ and ‘ought’ / Is it natural? / Does it have a ‘final cause’? / Some features of ‘natural law’ / How do you decide what is ‘natural’? / Applying ‘natural law’ / Are we naturally good or bad? / Evolution, change and the natural law / Looking for results / Egoistic hedonism / Utilitarianism / Forms of utilitarianism / Sex and utilitarianism / General criticisms of utilitarianism / The experience of moral choice / Conscience / The categorial imperative / The creative response / Determined and yet free? / Personal development and virtue / Altruism? / Nietzsche / Virture ethics / Existentialism / Humankind, Marx and Freud / Law and order / Society and moral choice / In whose interest? / Is equality possible? / Social rules / Crime and punishment / Capital punishment / In self-defence? / Civil disobedience / If Nietzsche were a civil servant… / Religion and moral values / How are religion and morality related? / Judaism / Christianity / Islam / Hinduism / Buddhism / Sikhism / Religious values and society / Should religious freedom be restricted? / Scepticism and relativism / Nietzsche and Machiavelli / Philosophers or politicians? / Relativism and moral absolutes / Situation ethics / Applied ethics / The natural environment / Animal rights / International issues / Poverty and international aid / War and peace / Feminist issues / Some issues in medical ethics / The beginning and end of life / Genetics / Media issues / Business issues / Some conclusions / Moral progress: can people change? / A better world: illusion or essential hope? / So where does this leave us? / Taking it further / Further reading / Websites / Glossary / Index