The Big Questions: Ethics

The Big Questions: Ethics

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By (author) Julian Baggini

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 210mm x 20mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1780870345
  • ISBN 13: 9781780870342
  • Sales rank: 234,790

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'The Big Questions' series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. In 'The Big Questions: Ethics' Julian Baggini, one of Britain's best-known philosophers, condenses complex, contemporary issues of right and wrong into 20 key questions. He examines how we can start to answer them, what they might mean to us and how they influence the way we choose to live our lives. Among the ideas debated are: What is free will? Can it ever be right to kill? Is terrorism ever justified? Should euthanasia be legal? Are some people superior to others? Do animals have rights?

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Julian Baggini is a bestselling philosophy writer and the editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, What's It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten and 99 Other Thought Experiments.

Table of contents

Preface. Is There a Golden Rule? - Doing as you would be done by. Do the Ends Justify the Means? - Doing wrong for the sake of what is right. Is Terrorism Ever Justified? - The legitimacy of all necessary means. Should We Favour Our Families and Friends? - The ethics of preferential treatment. How Much Should We Give to Charity? - The duty to rescue. Are Drug Laws Morally Inconsistent? - The link between law and morality. Do Animals Have Rights? - Expanding the moral circle. Is Abortion Murder? - The value of human life. Should Euthanasia Be Legal? - The right to end your own life. Is Sex a Moral Issue? - Ethics beyond prudery. Can Discrimination Be Good? - Sameness, difference and equality. Is Free Trade Fair Trade? - The ethics of global business. Should We Protect the Environment? - On whether nature can be harmed. Are We Responsible for Our Actions? - Criminality and being in your right mind. What is a Just War? - The rights and wrongs of armed conflict. Is Torture Always Wrong? - How to stop a ticking bomb. What Can Science Tell Us about Morality? - What facts tell us about values. Is Morality Relative? - The variability of moral codes. Without God, Is Everything Permitted? - The link between morality and religion. Can All Moral Dilemmas be Resolved? - The limits of ethics. Endnotes. Index.