By Peter Singer
During this quantity, a few of modern-day such a lot exceptional philosophers survey the total box of ethics, from its origins, in the course of the nice moral traditions, to theories of ways we should stay, arguments approximately particular moral concerns, and the character of ethics itself. The e-book will be learn instantly via from starting to finish; but the inclusion of a multi-layered index, coupled with a descriptive define of contents and bibliographies of proper literature, signifies that the quantity additionally serves as a piece of reference, either for these coming afresh to the examine of ethics and for readers already accustomed to the topic.
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British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data A Companion to ethics/edited by Peter Singer. p. cm. (Blackwell companions to philosophy) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Ethics. 2. Social ethics. I. Singer, Peter. II. Series. 5pt Photina Printed and bound in Great Britain by MPG Books Ltd, Bodmin, Cornwall This book is printed on acid-free paper Page v INTRODUCTION The title A Companion to Ethics may suggest a volume with short entries, in alphabetical order, providing summary information about leading theories, ideas and people in the academic discipline of ethics.
If a bad being had created us for bad purposes, we should not think we had a duty to obey that being, whatever prudence might dictate. The idea of God is not just the idea of such a being, but crystallizes a whole mass of very complex ideals and standards that lie behind moral rules and give them their meaning. But the authority of these ideals and standards is just what we are enquiring about. So that question is still with us. ii The Lure of Egoism and the Social Contract The notion that ethics is really just a contract based on egoistic prudence is indeed much simpler, but for that very reason it is far too unrealistic to account for the actual complexities of ethics.
He is the author of Liberalism, Community, and Culture and Contemporary Political Philosophy. Hugh LaFollette is Professor of Philosophy at East Tennessee State University. He has published essays in ethics and political philosophy and is currently completing a book entitled Just Good Friends. Gerald A. Larue is Emeritus Professor of Biblical History and Archaeology, and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His most recent publication is Ancient Myth and Modern Life.
A Companion to Ethics by Peter Singer