Understand Ethics: Teach Yourself (Teach Yourself - General)

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Understand Ethics is a straightforward guide to the main ethical theories and key thinkers.
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ISBN-13: 9781444103519
ISBN-10: 1444103512
Pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 130 x 199 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Editura: Hodder & Stoughton
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Introduction: The Art of Living What makes something moral? What is the point of ethics? At what price is integrity? Rights and responsibilities The art of living Free to choose? What kind of freedom? Free will Determinism Reductionism How much freedom does morality need? Freedom and the state What do we mean? Three kinds of language Defining key terms Some theories 'Is' and 'ought' Is it natural? Does it have a 'final cause'? Some features of 'natural law' How do you decide what is 'natural'? Applying 'natural law' Are we naturally good or bad? Evolution, change and the natural law Looking for results Egoistic hedonism Utilitarianism Forms of utilitarianism Sex and utilitarianism General criticisms of utilitarianism The experience of moral choice Conscience The categorial imperative The creative response Determined and yet free? Personal development and virtue Altruism? Nietzsche Virture ethics Existentialism Humankind, Marx and Freud Law and order Society and moral choice In whose interest? Is equality possible? Social rules Crime and punishment Capital punishment In self-defence? Civil disobedience If Nietzsche were a civil servant... Religion and moral values How are religion and morality related? Judaism Christianity Islam Hinduism Buddhism Sikhism Religious values and society Should religious freedom be restricted? Scepticism and relativism Nietzsche and Machiavelli Philosophers or politicians? Relativism and moral absolutes Situation ethics Applied ethics The natural environment Animal rights International issues Poverty and international aid War and peace Feminist issues Some issues in medical ethics The beginning and end of life Genetics Media issues Business issues Some conclusions Moral progress: can people change? A better world: illusion or essential hope? So where does this leave us? Taking it further Further reading Websites Glossary Index