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Life and Death Grappling with the Moral Dilemmas of Our Time

ISBN-10: 0534508243
ISBN-13: 9780534508241
Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)
Authors: Louis P. Pojman
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Book details

List price: $140.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.40" wide x 8.98" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This single-authored, brief text explores the moral dilemmas in our lives from a philosophical point of view. Society is deeply divided on the matters of life and death discussed in this book: the sanctity of life versus the quality of life; the meaning of death and dying; suicide; euthanasia; abortion; artificial procreation such as in vitro fertilization and cloning; the death penalty; animal rights; world hunger; and war.

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

Preface
Welcome to Moral Philosophy: A Word to the Student
Introduction: "Doctor Death's" Suicide Machine
What Is Ethics?
Ethical Relativism
Egoism, Self-Love, and Altruism
Classical Ethical Theories
Utilitarianism
Deontological Ethics
The Sanctity of Life versus the Quality of Life
Death and Dying
Suicide
Euthanasia
What Is Death? The Crisis of Criteria
Interlude: The Slippery Slope
Abortion: The Greatest Moral Problem of Our Generation
Cloning
The Death Penalty
Animal Rights: Sentience as Significant
World Hunger and Population
War
Selected Bibliography
Index

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