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Practical Ethics

Practical Ethics

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: January 1993
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521707688
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521439718


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  • 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. The focus of the book is the application of ethics to difficult and controversial social questions.

    • Revised and updated second edition
    • Written in a clear and accessible style tackles topical and controversial personal and social problems
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Singer's book is packed with admirably marshaled and detailed information, social, medical, and economic, and has a splendid appendix of notes and references to further reading. The utility of this utilitarian's book to students of its subject can hardly be exaggerated." New York Review of Books

    "This book is concentrated fare. The masterly and lively writing, rich with brief and telling examples, is devoted to close reasoning on some basic issues confronting the human community." The Humanist

    "...a terrific volume...offer[s] insights into ethics...extremely readable and thought-provoking." - Life Insurance Selling, Richard Hoe

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521439718
    • length: 411 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 138 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.482kg
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521707688
  • Table of 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 foetus
    7. Taking life: humans
    8. Rich and poor
    9. Insiders and outsiders
    10. The environment
    11. Ends and means
    12. Why act morally?
    Appendix: on being silenced in Germany
    References and further reading.

  • Author

    Peter Singer, Princeton University, New Jersey

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