Moral Questions

Moral Questions : An Introduction to Ethics

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This new introduction to ethics is written for students who are approaching philosophy for the first time.
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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 159 x 224 x 15mm | 356g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745610404
  • 9780745610405

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This new introduction to ethics is written for students who areapproaching philosophy for the first time. Nuttall focuses on arange of practical and topical questions, using these as a way ofdrawing the reader into the distinctive methods of philosophicalanalysis.

The book starts with a discussion of values and judgements andthis is developed in later chapters on moral and religiouseducation and punishment. Nuttall then looks at sexual morality, with related chapters on pornography, abortion, foetal research andchildren. Finally, he examines moral issues surrounding death: suicide, war and euthanasia. Here questions relating to the valueand purpose of life are confronted. The issue of animal rights isused as an opportunity to explore the question of rights ingeneral, and the book concludes with a chapter on moraltheories.

Clearly written, lively and accessible, Moral Questionsis an ideal textbook.
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Table of contents

Preface. 1. Applying Philosophy to Moral Issues. 2. Giving Reasons and Making Judgements. 3. Finding Grounds for Moral and Religious Education. 4. Punishment and Responsibility. 5. Sex and Morality. 6. Pornography, Violence and Censorship. 7. Abortion. 8. Persons, Children and Embryos. 9. Suicide and the Value of Life. 10. Euthanasia. 11. War, Terrorism and Protest. 12. Animal Rights. 13. Fitting Persons into Theories. Further Reading. Index.
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a This is an eminently readable introduction to moral philosophy. A useful introductory text.a Gail Tulloch, Griffith University a It is good to find an a introductory texta on ethics which uses the first person and puts its cards directly on the table: ... Nuttall takes a a problemsa approach to ethics, with a strong emphasis on the personal.a Australian Journal of Philosophy a Moral Questions can be recommended to anyone beginning moral philosophy, but especially to those with only a small or no experience of philosophy. Jon Nuttall is a good guide to the moral maze. He knows his way through whilst not missing what there is to be seen of interest on the way. It would be particularly suitable for a Aa level students and first--year undergraduates. One would also recommend it to students taking moral philosophy as part of another discipline or training -- nurses, midwives, doctors or business students.a Robert Campbell, Principal Lecturer in Philosophy, Bolton Institute, and Chief Examiner, a Aa Level Philosophy, A. E. B. (1987--92) a The book is written with a commendable clarity and lack of technicality ... stimulating and useful.a The Philosopher
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