Ethics

ISBN-10: 0192892452
ISBN-13: 9780192892454
Edition: 1994
Authors: Peter Singer
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Description: This book is not a conventional reader in moral philosophy. To capture the essentials of what we know about the origins and nature of ethics, Peter Singer has drawn on anthropology, history, observation of non-human animals, the theory of evolution,  More...

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List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/12/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

This book is not a conventional reader in moral philosophy. To capture the essentials of what we know about the origins and nature of ethics, Peter Singer has drawn on anthropology, history, observation of non-human animals, the theory of evolution, game theory, and works of fiction, in addition to moral philosophy. By choosing some of the finest pieces of writing, old and new, in and about ethics, he conveys the intellectual excitement of the search for basic questions about how we ought to live.

Born in Australia, Singer received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Melbourne and, in 1971, his B. Phil from University College, Oxford. During his teaching career, he has held positions in philosophy in England, the United States, and Australia. While a student at Oxford, Singer was deeply affected by a group of people who had become vegetarians for ethical reasons. Joining their commitment to the rights of animals, he wrote Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals (1975), a persuasively reasoned, yet clearly understandable defense of the rights of animals. Singer's vocal concern for the proper treatment of animals has triggered a new appreciation of the anthropocentric bias of traditional Western moral philosophy; other philosophers have followed his lead. Complaining that ethical theorists have focused too intensely upon the rights, responsibilities, and treatment of humans, Singer dubs this malady "speciesism" and calls for a broader moral perspective---one that includes a sensitivity to the needs and concerns of other sentient creatures.

Introduction
The Nature of Ethics: Its Origins, Variations, and Basis
The Long Search for the Origins of Ethics
Introduction
Morality as the Advantage of the Stranger: A Debate between Socrates and Thrasymachus, Plato
Moral Virtue, How Produced, Aristotle
Are Humans Good by Nature? A Debate between Chinese Sages, Mencius
Of the Natural Condition of Mankind and the Laws of Nature, Thomas Hobbes
The Natural State of Man
Affection of Humanity: The Foundation of Morals
The Noble Descent of Duty
The Material Basis of Morality
The Origin of the Moral Sense
The Origins of Herd Morality
The Cultural Super-Ego
In a Different Voice
Common Themes in Primate Ethics
Introduction
Kinship
Helping Kin in Chimpanzees
A Universal Duty
The Genetic Basis of Kinship
Reciprocity
Chimpanzee Justice
Live and Let Live
Reciprocal Gift-Giving among the !Kung
The Kula Ring
A Single Word
The Law of Hammurabi
Turn the Other Cheek
The Whole Torah, while Standing on One Foot
The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism
Tit for Tat
Sexual Morality
Incest Avoidance among Chimpanzees
The Horror of Incest
The Social Rules of Chimpanzee Sex
Adultery among the !Kung
Incest and Adultery, The Bible
A Commentary on the Sixth Commandment
The Double Standard
The Role of Reason
Introduction
Reason and Passion
Pure Practical Reason and the Moral Law
Addin Ethical Substance to Kant's Empty Formalism
The Axioms of Ethics
Society the School, Custom the Headmaster
A Lecture on Ethics
Ethics for Logical Positivists
Condemned to Be Free
The Objective Basis of Morality
The Argument from Queerness
Evolution and the Basis of Morality
Reason, Gender and Moral Theory
Realism
The Content of Ethics: Judging Good Outcomes and Right Acts
Ultimate Good
Introduction
The Ceasing of Woe
The End for Human Nature, Aristotle
The Pursuit of Pleasure, Epicurus
A Stoic View of Life, Epictetus
The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus
The Saints of the Desert
Story of a Good Brahmin, Voltaire
Push-Pin and Poetry
Higher and Lower Pleasures
Good as the Satisfaction of Demands
Desirable Consciousness
Beauty and Friendship
Truth and Ahimsa
The Right to Be Unhappy

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