Applied Ethics A Non-Consequentialist Approach

ISBN-10: 0631219056
ISBN-13: 9780631219057
Edition: 2000
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Description: Recent years have seen the revival of the application of moral philosophy to contemporary practical problems, and a corresponding explosion of books on the subject. Most of these books, however, defend approaches that are consequentialist or  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Recent years have seen the revival of the application of moral philosophy to contemporary practical problems, and a corresponding explosion of books on the subject. Most of these books, however, defend approaches that are consequentialist or specifically utilitarian in nature. Applied Ethics, and its companion volume Moral Theory, provide a viable alternative to consequentialist orthodoxy. Applied Ethics focuses the central concepts of traditional morality - rights, justice, the good, virtue, and the fundamental value of human life - on a number of pressing contemporary problems, including abortion, euthanasia, animals, capital punishment, and war. Applied Ethics and Moral Theory, make an important contribution to contemporary ethical debates, which will be useful both to undergraduates and professional philosophers.

David S. Oderberg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. He is the author of The Metaphysics of Identity over Time, Applied Ethics: A Non-Consequentialist Approach, Moral Theory: A Non-Consequentialist Approach, and numerous articles in metaphysics, philosophical logic, and related subjects.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abortion
The Problem of Abortion Today
The Basic Argument and Some Responses
Sentience: A Bad Argument Against Abortion
A Return to the Basic Argument
Objection from Brain Activity
Objection from Sorites Paradoxes
Objection from Begging the Question
Objection from Sperm and Egg
Objection from Fission and Totipotency
Objection from Cloning and Parthenogenesis
A Feminist Argument for Abortion
The Foetus, the Person and the Person
Abortion, the Law and the Public Good - a Concluding Note
'I Personally Disapprove of Abortion But Would Not Impose my Opinion on Other People
''It is Not the Business of the Law to Interfere with Such a Difficult Decision
'The 'Backstreet' Objection
Conclusion
Euthanasia
Introduction
Varieties of Euthanasia
Voluntary Euthanasia and Autonomy
Non-Voluntary Euthanasia and 'Quality of Life'
Active and Passive Euthanasia
Ordinary and Extraordinary Means
Euthanasia, Death and 'Brain Death'
Euthanasia and Nazism
Animals
The Problem
The Conditions for Rights - What They Are Not
Consciousness
Beliefs and Desires
Language. Self-Consciousness
Action in Pursuit of Desires and Goals
The Conditions for Rights - What They Are
Knowledge of Purpose
Free Will
Two Dilemmas for the View that Animals Have Rights
So How Should we Treat Animals?
Capital Punishment
A Conflict?
Punishment - General Principles
Capital Punishment - the Argument
Objections. What if an Innocent Person is Executed?
Capital Punishment is Irreversible
Capital Punishment is not a Deterrent
Capital Punishment is Just State-Sanctioned Murder
Capital Punishment is Cruel and Inhuman
What about Mercy and Compassion?
Capital Punishment Fails to Respect Persons
Concluding Remarks on Hypocrisy
War
Some Questions
War, Pacifism and Self-Defence
Self-Defence - Basic Principles
Going to War
Basic Principles of the Just War
Just Cause
Questions about the Justice of the Cause
Conduct During War
Globalism
Notes and Further Reading

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