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Practical ethics / Peter Singer
Bib ID 1748129
Format BookBook
Author
Singer, Peter, 1946-
 
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Edition 2nd ed. 
Description Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993 
xiii, 395 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0521433630
052143971X
0521433630
052143971X
Summary

"Peter Singer's remarkably clear and comprehensive Practical Ethics has become a classic introduction to applied ethics since its publication in 1979 and has been translated into many languages. For this second edition the author has revised all the existing chapters, added two new ones, and updated the bibliography. He has also added an appendix describing some of the deep misunderstanding of, and consequent violent reaction to, the book in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where the book has tested the limits of freedom of speech."--BOOK JACKET.

"The focus of the book is the application of ethics to difficult and controversial social questions: equality and discrimination by race, sex, ability, or species; abortion, euthanasia, and embryo experimentation; the moral status of animals; political violence and civil disobedience; overseas aid and the obligation to assist others; responsibility for the environment; the treatment of refugees. Singer explains and assesses relevant arguments in a perspicuous, non-doctrinaire way. He structures the book to show how contemporary controversies often have deep philosophical roots; and he presents an ethical theory of his own that can be applied consistently and convincingly to all the practical cases."--BOOK JACKET.

"The book's primary readership remains teachers and students of ethics whether in philosophy or some other branch of the humanities or social sciences. However, such is the clarity of the book's style and structure that it should interest any thinking person concerned with the most difficult social problems facing us as we approach the twenty-first century."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. About Ethics
  • 2. Equality and Its Implications
  • 3. Equality for Animals?
  • 4. What's Wrong with Killing?
  • 5. Taking Life: Animals
  • 6. Taking Life: The Embryo and the Fetus
  • 7. Taking Life: Humans
  • 8. Rich and Poor
  • 9. Insiders and Outsiders
  • 10. The Environment
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 360-379) and index.

Subjects Ethics.  |  Social ethics.

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