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 ...show more 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. ...show less