James Rachels always writes clearly, in a manner that is easy to read and has a personal touch. It is as if he is in an armchair, speaking to you as a friend. This collection covers the range of topics for which he is best knownthe ethics of how we should treat animals, life and death issues in medical practice and other topics in bioethics, and the nature of ethics. It displays all the author's characteristic virtues: clarity, thoughtfulness, a willingness to provoke, a sense of humor, a broadly humane vision, and a relaxed style of writing. Great reading for philosophers and for those who simply want to know more about how philosophers write and think about ethical issues.
(Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University)