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Ethics

Edited by Peter Singer

April 1994

ISBN: 9780192892454

432 pages
Paperback
234x156mm

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Price: £37.99

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.

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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, 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.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Peter Singer, Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION PART 1: THE NATURE OF ETHICS: ITS ORIGINS,VARIATIONS, AND BASIS
    A. The Long Search for the Origins of Ethics
    B. Common Themes in Primate Ethics
    Introduction
    i Kinship
    ii Reciprocity
    iii Sexual Morality
    C. The Role of Reason
    Introduction
    PART II: THE CONTENT OF ETHICS: JUDGING GOOD OUTCOMES AND RIGHTS ACTS
    A. Ultimate God
    Introduction
    B. Deciding What is Right
    Introduction
    i Natural Law
    ii Kant's Ethics of Duty
    iii Consequentialism
    iv Contract Ethics EPILOGUE

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