Practical Ethics

Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2011-02-21
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
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Definitely Makes You Think  April 15, 2011
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Singer's "Practical Ethics" is a masterpiece of ethical reasoning. While many other philosophers clothe their arguments in the jargon of their discipline, Singer's arguments are methodical, rigorous, and easily comprehensible. The result is a textbook that is an enjoyable read for a lay person; a textbook that leads us down a path that few of us have travelled so carefully. The most interesting thing about all this is the way that Singer seems to elicit extreme and irrational responses to his fairly mild and well-argued statements. Read this book and make up your own mind. Highly recommended.

Practical Ethics: 5 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


For thirty years, Peter Singer's Practical Ethics has been the classic introduction to applied ethics. For this third edition, the author has revised and updated all the chapters, and added a new chapter addressing climate change, one of the most important ethical challenges of our generation.

Some of the questions discussed in this book concern our daily lives. Is it ethical to buy luxuries when others do not have enough to eat? Should we buy meat from intensively reared animals? Am I doing something wrong if my carbon footprint is above the global average? Other questions confront us as concerned citizens: equality and discrimination on the grounds of race or sex; abortion, the use of embryos for research, and euthanasia; political violence and terrorism; and the preservation of our planet's environment.

This book's lucid style and provocative arguments make it an ideal text for university courses and for anyone willing to think about how she or he ought to live.

Author Biography

Peter Singer is currently Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Animal Liberation (1975), Rethinking Life and Death (1996) and, most recently, The Life You Can Save (2009). In 2005, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
About Ethicsp. 1
Equality and Its Implicationsp. 16
Equality for Animals?p. 48
What's Wrong with Killing?p. 71
Taking Life: Animalsp. 94
Taking Life: The Embryo and Fetusp. 123
Taking Life: Humansp. 155
Rich and Poorp. 191
Climate Changep. 216
The Environmentp. 238
Civil Disobedience, Violence and Terrorismp. 256
Why Act Morally?p. 276
Notes, References and Further Readingp. 297
Indexp. 323
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