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For thirty years, Peter Singer's Practical Ethics has been the classic introduction to applied ethics. For this third edition, the author has revised and updated all the chapters, and added a new chapter addressing climate change, one of the most important ethical challenges of our generation. Some of the questions discussed in this book concern our daily lives. Is it ethical to buy luxuries when others do not have enough to eat? Should we buy meat from intensively reared animals? Am I doing something wrong if my carbon footprint is above the global average? Other questions confront us as concerned citizens: equality and discrimination on the grounds of race or sex; abortion, the use of embryos for research, and euthanasia; political violence and terrorism; and the preservation of our planet's environment. This book's lucid style and provocative arguments make it an ideal text for university courses and for anyone willing to think about how she or he ought to live.Read more
- Gives students the tools they need to tackle the big ethical questions of the day
- Now thoroughly revised and updated including new chapters on climate change, factory farming and terrorism
- New edition of the classic textbook that has helped over 100,000 students worldwide to understand ethics
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"....It is a widely read and widely taught introduction to the philosophical dimensions of practical moral problems.... All of the chapters have been revised and updated, and a chapter has been added on climate change. Singer's lucid style of exposition and argument are perfect for this sort of introductory text. Every library should have a copy of this book.... Highly recommended...."
--J. H. Spence, Adrian College, CHOICESee more reviews
"...This third edition keeps the lucid style and provocative arguments of its predecessors, but with a more up to date perspective into current ethical challenges. This makes Practical Ethics not only an ideal text for university courses, but also for anyone who wants to dedicate some serious thinking into how she or he ought to live.... remains a relevant and welcome contribution to ethics."
--Laura Cabrera, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Basel University, Metapsychology Online Review
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- Edition: 3rd Edition
- Date Published: February 2011
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521881418
- length: 352 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 159 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from December 2016
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 fetus
7. Taking life: humans
8. Rich and poor
9. Climate change
10. The environment
11. Civil disobedience, violence and terrorism
12. Why act morally?
Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses
- Applied Ethics
- Contemporary Ethical Values
- Contemporary Moral Problems; Introduction to Ethics
- Contemporary Social and Moral Problems in the U.S.
- Criminal Justice Ethics
- ETHICS AND COMMUNCATION
- Ethical environment of business
- Ethics and Public Life
- Ethics in the Profession
- Healthcare of Medical Ethics
- Human Conduct and Values
- Introduction to the Study of Ethics
- Practical and Professional Ethics
- Reading and Composition
- contemporary ethics issues
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