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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2006
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Natalia's response makes one wonder whether she herself was perhaps among the unfortunate babies born without a brain. Yes, if there were no other human beings in the world other than this one brainless baby, maybe I would keep the brainless baby around to help comfort me by reminding me of the lost human species. However, in fact there are lots of other human beings, most of whom have brains, so in reality there's no need to keep brainless babies around as pets.

Natalia also seems to be unaware of what a brain is. Brainless babies do not experience pain or anguish. (Nor do they experience pleasure.) Without a brain, 'you' have no experiences of any kind, no beliefs, no desires, and you don't care about anything to any degree. It's just a body lying in a hospital bed. There's no such thing as being insensitive to such a thing, any more than you can be insensitive to a rock.

If it's true that every object, including pebbles on the beach, has something to teach, then I'd rather learn from the rocks, which you don't have to expend thousands of dollars in medical bills to support.

I don't know about the previous editions of this book, but the present edition is really not biased, unless in the sense of being biased towards rationality and quality. In the case of issues where there is significant debate in moral philosophy, there are articles explaining both sides (e.g., abortion). In some cases, there's only one article (e.g., on homosexuality), but these are the issues where there is almost no disagreement in the field, and you'd have to scrape the bottom of the barrel, admitting really low-quality pieces, if you insisted on having an opposing article.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
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I just started back to school and am so glad i decided to check out the textbooks that Amazon has to offer. These books would of cost me roughly $60 each but i found them on here for $13!!!! And I'll be able to sell them back and get points towards my next semesters books! The books arrived in less than a week and in great condition!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
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This book provides a detailed analysis of the moral and ethical problems that our world faces. There are relatable examples that make learning moral theory fun and even provocative. This book is a great read for those that want to learn the moral theories that have been considered by centuries of philosophers. The idea that deciding exactly what the right thing to do has stumped mankind since the beginning of time is one worth pondering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
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The book came in great condition. I received it in the mail very quickly. Amazon is so much cheaper than my school book store.
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on July 7, 2011
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Required text book for my Ethics class. Ordered the book on a late monday afternnoon, it arrived that wednesday xD Book in great condition; minor wear on the corners of the pages, but the cover and the pages are straight (unlike most used paperbacks).
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on June 1, 2013
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It was a text book i was required to get for school and given the choice I would have not bought it willingly. It is not something I will not read again but all the same was mildly interesting and it's subjects give much food for thought.
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on May 2, 2013
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Very interesting, it is a requirement for the course I am taking in college Ethics. It is a very good book. If you have never taken an ethics class this book and The Elements of Moral Philosophy its companion book are a must.
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on September 18, 2013
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I needed this book for a course I am taking. It was as described. It came shipped in a timely manner. I have no opinion of the book itself. It was required for the course.
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on September 28, 2011
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Exactly what was described in the details and arrived earlier than expected. I was very pleased when I received my book. I would definitely order from them again.
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on January 23, 2009
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In a world that refuses to mend, this book and the like provides a starting point in the process of becoming a conscientious moral agent.
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