The Big Questions: Ethics

The Big Questions: Ethics

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 155 x 212 x 20mm | 444g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780870345
  • 9781780870342
  • 691,141

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.
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About Julian Baggini

Julian Baggini is the founding editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. He has a PhD on the philosophy of personal identity and is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books including The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, The Ego Trick, Welcome to Everytown, The Virtues of the Table (all Granta), and most recently The Edge of Reason (Yale). He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think-tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. His website is
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