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Practical Ethics Paperback – February 21, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0521707688 ISBN-10: 0521707684 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521707684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521707688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"....It is a widely read and widely taught introduction to the philosophical dimensions of practical moral problems.... All of the chapters have been revised and updated, and a chapter has been added on climate change. Singer's lucid style of exposition and argument are perfect for this sort of introductory text. Every library should have a copy of this book.... Highly recommended...."
--J. H. Spence, Adrian College, CHOICE


"...This third edition keeps the lucid style and provocative arguments of its predecessors, but with a more up to date perspective into current ethical challenges. This makes Practical Ethics not only an ideal text for university courses, but also for anyone who wants to dedicate some serious thinking into how she or he ought to live.... remains a relevant and welcome contribution to ethics."
--Laura Cabrera, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Basel University, Metapsychology Online Review

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For thirty years, Peter Singer's Practical Ethics has been the classic introduction to applied ethics. For this third edition, the author has revised and updated all the chapters, and added a new chapter addressing climate change, one of the most important ethical challenges of our generation.

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This book is accessible, enormously relevant, and mercilessly logical in it's approach to ethics.
Mote
Taking your opponent seriously is often the best way to get your opponent's supporters, if not your opponent, to switch sides.
Anthony
I read this book a long time ago but I remember this book challenging a few of my own personal ethical biases.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Scott on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
There are very few philosophers as polarizing as Peter Singer, but that is the inevitable outcome of questioning the received morals of our culture. In Practical Ethics he lays out a comprehensive presentation of his overarching position on ethics, and examines how these principles influence difficult real-life decisions. While many who only hear his conclusions without the supporting arguments find his positions distasteful, anyone who reads and truly understands how he reached them generally has no choice but to concede that his arguments are very moving and well-reasoned.

Everyone should read this book at least once, and after this general overview, make sure you check out his more focused writings on end of life decisions, charity, and animal rights in "Rethinking Life and Death", "The Life You Can Save", and "Animal Liberation" respectively.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mote on April 1, 2011
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The world would be a much better place if we all took Mr. Singer's advice. This book is accessible, enormously relevant, and mercilessly logical in it's approach to ethics. It is a great addition to the Utilitarian canon and should be required reading in every high school.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on May 11, 2011
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Contrary to what one reviewer said, Singer does not teach that all human beings are not persons. He argues that some human beings are not persons, and that some do not have a right to life. If you don't like these views, I suggest you take Singer, and this book, very seriously. Taking your opponent seriously is often the best way to get your opponent's supporters, if not your opponent, to switch sides. Alternatively, if you find yourself disagreeing with Singer's conclusions, but none of his premises, then perhaps you should switch sides. Singer certainly is not right about everything, but Practical Ethics is still a classic and accessible introduction to applied ethics, well worth a read through.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By aabraga on October 15, 2011
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The book is accessible and comprehensive, but nevertheless heavy sometimes. With his utilitarist approach Singer discuss some controversial topics like abortion and euthanasia. I think everybody should listen to his points and then, only then, decide if agrees or not.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Szarejko on October 24, 2013
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I disagree with most of what Singer has to say but he writes well and clearly states his positions. In most cases, but not all, he makes good arguments for his positions. While I can find reasons for his arguments to fail, I admire him for clearly stating what he believes. I also admire him from taking his arguments to their logical conclusion and not sloughing them off as many do. For example, the logical extension of his argument in favor of abortion is to also favor infanticide. Despite the obvious repercussions of this idea, Singer honestly takes that position. As a pro-life Christian I would recommend this book to any other pro-lifer who wants to understand what the opposition is saying. This is one of the best ways to find out.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By zoogal on July 30, 2012
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This is a great book! Singer explains different ethical issues that we meet in out everyday life. There is a way to rationalize issues such as euthanasia, abortion, meat diet,... and there is ethicaly valid solution to each and everyone of these questions.
Singer is using comprehensible language, without big words or too complicated sentences, so everyone can read this book and make one's own opinion about the issues presented.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ball on May 10, 2011
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"It is easy for us to criticize the prejudices of our grandfathers, from which our fathers freed themselves. It is more difficult to distance ourselves from our own views, so that we can dispassionately search for prejudices among the beliefs and values we hold."

That pretty much says it all. If you are looking to have your personal prejudices defended, look to other "philosophers." But if you want to start from first principles and reason logically, start here.
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