Companion to Ethics

ISBN-10: 0631187855
ISBN-13: 9780631187851
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/20/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

In this volume, some of today's most distinguished philosophers survey the whole field of ethics, from its origins, through the great ethical traditions, to theories of how we ought to live, arguments about specific ethical issues, and the nature of ethics itself. The book can be read straight through from beginning to end; yet the inclusion of a multi-layered index, coupled with a descriptive outline of contents and bibliographies of relevant literature, means that the volume also serves as a work of reference, both for those coming afresh to the study of ethics and for readers already familiar with the subject.

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.

Introduction
cknowledgments
ist of contributors
The Roots
The Origin of Ethics
Ethics in Small-Scale Societies
Ancient Ethics
The Great Ethical Traditions
Indian Ethics
Buddhist Ethics
Classical Chinese Ethics
Jewish Ethics
Christian Ethics
Islamic Ethics
Western Philosophical Ethics : A Short History
Ethics in Ancient Greece
Medieval and Renaissance Ethics
Modern Moral Philosophy
How Ought I Live?
Natural Law
Kantian Ethics
The Social Contract Tradition
Egoism
Contemporary Deontology
An Ethic of Prima Facie Duties
Consequentialism
Utility and the Good
Virtue Theory
Rights
Applications
World Poverty
Environmental Ethics
Euthanasia
Abortion
Sex
Personal Relationships
Equality, Discrimination and Preferential Treatment
Animals
Business Ethics
Crime and Punishment
Politics and the Problem of Dirty Hands
War and Peace
The Nature of Ethics
Realism
Intuitionism
Naturalism
Subjectivism
Relativism
Universal Prescriptivism
Morality and Psychological Development
Method and Moral Theory
Challenge and Critique
The Idea of a Female Ethic
The Significance of Evolution
Marx Against Morality
How Could Ethics Depend on Religion?
The Implications of Determinism
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