This accompanying volume to "The Puzzle of God" and "The Puzzle of Evil" provides an introduction to ethical issues and to the main areas of ethical concern today. It is divided into three section: "Puzzling over ethics" which examines the philosophical problems to be tackled; "Philosophers and ethical theories", and "Issues and problems", among which are abortion, euthanasia, medical ethics, "-isms", just war, Third World debt and international trade, environmental ethics and human rights.
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Is there such a thing as right and wrong? Are some codes of behaviour more justifiable than others? Are ‘virtues’ just a quaint Victorian term and does anyone care in any case?
'The Puzzle of Ethics' poses the key ethical questions of the day and examines their consequences within society. Is the life of a baby worth more than that of a pensioner? Do humans have rights and, if they do, might not animals have rights too? Is abortion ever acceptable and is euthanasia the first step down the slippery slope to legalised state murder? Can it ever be right to go to war and how should wars be fought? Do we have a duty to preserve the world as it is? Throughout, the approaches of major philosophers are explained.
Like the other titles in Peter Vardy’s hugely successful ‘Puzzle’ series, this book expresses complex arguments in clear and entertaining language. It is of considerable contemporary relevance.
“It is a great gift to be able to make philosophy accessible to the general reader. This is a wonderfully clear introduction both to moral philosophy and to contemporary ethical concerns.”
'The Church Times'
“Both timely and very welcome…”
Peter Vardy is lecturer in the Philosophy of Religion at London University’s Heythrop College. Apart from the widely successful ‘Puzzle’ series, he is also author of ‘And If It’s True?’ and ‘Business Morality’.
He is editor of the‘Fount Christian Thinkers’ series, the first six of which were published last year.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6277012