Rethinking Life and Death The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics

ISBN-10: 0312144016

ISBN-13: 9780312144012

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

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Description: The new commandments according to Rethinking Life and Death. --If you must take human life, take responsibility for the consequences of your decisions. --All human life is not of equal worth; treat beings in accordance to the ethical situation at hand. --Respect a person's desire to live or die. A profound and provocative work, Rethinking Life and Death, in the tradition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, examines the ethical dilemmas that confront us as we near the twenty-first century.

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

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.

Prologue
Birth After Death
How Death Was Redefined
Dr Shann's Dilemma
Tony Bland and the Sanctity of Human Life
Uncertain Beginnings
Making Quality of Life Judgments
Asking For Death
Beyond the Discontinuous Mind
In Place of the Old Ethic
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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