Ethics

Ethics

Paperback Oxford Readers

Edited by Peter Singer

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 28mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 12 May 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192892452
  • ISBN 13: 9780192892454
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 121,916

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This book is not a conventional reader in moral philosophy. To capture the essentials of what we know about the origins and nature of ethics, Peter Singer has drawn on anthropology, history, observation of non-human animals, the theory of evolution, game theory, and works of fiction, in addition to moral philosophy. By choosing some of the finest pieces of writing, old and new, in and about ethics, he conveys the intellectual excitement of the search for basic questions about how we ought to live.

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Peter Singer is Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Victoria. He has made numerous TV appearances talking about ethics and animal rights; he is general editor of 'Studies in Bioethics' (OUP); extremely well known in Australia and a big name in ethics throughout the world.

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What is ethics? Where does it come from? Can we really hope to find any rational way of deciding how we ought to live? If we can, what would it be like, and how are we going to know when we have found it? This book is not a conventional reader in moral philosophy. To capture the essentials of what we know about the origins and nature of ethics, Peter Singer has drawn on anthropology, history, observations of non-human animals, the theory of evolution, game theory, and works of fiction, in addition to moral philosophy. By choosing some of the finest pieces of writing, old and new, in and about ethics, he conveys the intellectual excitement of the search for answers to basic questions about how we ought to live.

Table of contents

Part 1 The nature of ethics - its origins, variation and basis: the long search for the origins of ethics - kinship, reciprocity, sexual morality; the role of reason. Part 2 The content of ethics - judging good outcomes and right acts: ultimate good; deciding what is right - natural law, natural rights - the theory, criticism, Kant's "ethics of duty" - the theory, criticism, consequentialism - the theory, criticism, contract ethics - the theory, criticism. Epilogue - "How both human history and the history of ethics may be just beginning", Derek Parfit.