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Ethics (Oxford Readers) [Paperback]

by Peter Singer
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May 12, 1994 0192892452 978-0192892454 0
What is ethics? Where does it come from? Can we really hope to find any rational way of deciding how we ought to live? If we can, what would it be like, and how are we going to know when we have found it? To capture the essentials of what we know about the origins and nature of ethics, Peter Singer has drawn on anthropology, evolution, game theory, and works of fiction, in addition to the classic moral philosophy of such thinkers as Nietzsche, Kant, and Confucius. By choosing some of the finest pieces of writing, old and new, in and about ethics, he conveys the intellectual excitement of the search for answers to basic questions about how we ought to live. From the debates of Socrates and the profound writing of Rousseau to Jane Goodall's reflections on the ethics of chimpanzee kinship and Luther's commentary on the Sixth Commandment (thou shalt not kill), this engaging reader offers a complete and thorough introduction to the fascinating world of ethical debate.

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Peter Singer is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He has made numerous T.V. appearances talking about ethics and animal rights; he is general editor of Studies in Bioethics' (O.U.P.); extremely well known in Australia and a big name in ethics throughout the world.

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  • Series: Oxford Readers
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (May 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192892452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192892454
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology February 7, 2007
Apart from being a fine philosopher, Singer is also an excellent editor. I have been using this anthology for years in ethics classes and students like it very much. The selections are short and to the point. There are selections from all historical periods covering most of the major viewpoints. What makes the anthology exceptional is that Singer also includes intriguing, unexpected material, like a short selection about the desert saints, a piece about a relationship between Kant and a friend, a short selection about Gandhi. There's also a fine selection of material about primate ethics. A really good book for classroom use, but also a great collection for the general reader.
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This is a very good intro to ethics and meta-ethics. Singer is a good writer and his piece at the beginning is almost worth the price of the book alone. It's more of an overview of the classic texts than a state of the art primer on modern research (e.g. the newest primate studies, psychological / neuroscience based studies, etc.).... then again it was written in 1994. Anyway, a good book if you want to read up on classic texts, but might want to go elsewhere for newer stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars arrived quickly August 6, 2013
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not in the greatest condition but still serviceable. an affordable anthology but unfortunately it is now a little dated so
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Breakdown August 4, 2013
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Easy read for the novice philosopher as well as a good brief read for someone more advanced. Singer does a great job of compiling the thoughts of some of the worlds greatest minds on Ethics.
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