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Life and Death : Grappling with the Moral Dilemmas of Our Time

Life and Death : Grappling with the Moral Dilemmas of Our Time - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534508241

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ISBN13: 978-0534508241
ISBN10: 0534508243
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 00
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2000
International: No

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Life and Death : Grappling with the Moral Dilemmas of Our Time - 2ND 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534508241

Louis P. Pojman

ISBN13: 978-0534508241
ISBN10: 0534508243
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 00
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

This single-authored, brief text explores the moral dilemmas in our lives from a philosophical point of view. Society is deeply divided on the matters of life and death discussed in this book: the sanctity of life versus the quality of life; the meaning of death and dying; suicide; euthanasia; abortion; artificial procreation such as in vitro fertilization and cloning; the death penalty; animal rights; world hunger; and war.

Both ethical theory and applied issues are covered in this text.

Topics in medical ethics are emphasized.

An introduction to moral theory relates morality to the tragedy of the commons.

Chapter 2 debates ethical relativism and ethical objectivism.

Several chapters appear on issues related to death and dying, including suicide and euthanasia.

Human cloning is discussed at length.

A comprehensive discussion of animal rights and the problem of cosmetic and scientific experimentation is found in Chapter 13, Animal Rights.

Study questions to reflect on at the end of each chapter, and a glossary of terms add pedagogy to this text.

Virtually every chapter has been updated.

New chapter on Ethical Relativism and Ethical Objectivism.

New chapter on Egoism, Self-Love and Altruism.

New chapter on Classical Ethical Theories.

New chapter on Cloning and Genetic Engineering.

Author Bio

Pojman, Louis P. : United States Military Academy

Table of Contents

Preface.
Welcome to Moral Philosophy: A Word to the Student.


Introduction: "Doctor's Death's" Suicide Machine.

1. What is Ethics?

2. Ethical Relativism vs. Ethical Objectivism.

3. Egoism, Self-Love, and Altruism.

4. Classical Ethical Theories.

A. Deontological Ethics.
B. Consequentialist Ethics.

5. The Sanctity of Life vs. the Quality of Life.

6. Death and Dying.

7. Suicide.

8. Euthanasia.

9. What is Death? The Crisis of Criteria.

Interlude: The Slippery Slope.

10. Abortion: The Greatest Moral Problem of Our Generation.

11. Cloning: The Greatest Moral Problem of the Next Generation?

12. The Death Penalty.

13. Animal Rights.

14 World Hunger and Population.

15. War.


Bibliography.
Index.