Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization Paperback – May 28, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"... an attempt to find common ground between the world champion of preference utilitarianism, Professor Peter Singer and the global bastion of natural law ethics, the Catholic church, which is both scholarly and yet full of surprises and of interest to ethicists in general and not just those in the camps at the heart of the analysis ... the author, a Catholic professor of theology at Fordham University, New York gets a cover commendation from the very man he puts under the spotlight ... readers who are only acquainted with the media stereotypes of Catholicism and Singer will find much here to challenge their previous complacencies about what both believe ..."
Dr Trevor Stammers, BioCentre (Bioethics)
"... a creative and helpful reframing of the discourse surrounding Singer's work ... provides an excellent and accessible analysis of current debates surrounding issues such as euthanasia and abortion ... It's a provocative book that should be widely read, and one that is worthy of sustained conversation."
Rob Vischer, Mirror of Justice
"Philosophy makes progress through criticism that is based on a sound grasp of the position under scrutiny, acknowledging its strengths as well as seeking to expose its weaknesses. Charles Camosy does exactly that, which is why, despite the deep disagreements between us, I regard Peter Singer and Christian Ethics as a valuable contribution to philosophy in general, and to applied ethics in particular."
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, and Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne
"Both critics and supporters of the views of Peter Singer will find Camosy's book a valuable read. His comparison of the views of Singer and the Catholic Church covers a wide range of topics including abortion, euthanasia, treatment of the poor, and ethical theorizing itself. Camosy's writing is clear; he is thoroughly familiar with the writings of Singer and related texts, and his analysis is provocative."
Robert Baird, Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, Texas
"This important work by one of the most intriguing voices in a new generation of moral theologians, while defending the profound and prophetic truth of a Christian theological vision, shows the radical potential of Catholic moral teaching by pushing it toward greater specificity and consistency."
Julie Hanlon Rubio, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Saint Louis University
"... this book is well written and in stylistic resonance with Peter Singer's work. It mediates between a pedagogical and academic text and deserves to be widely read and discussed."
Celia Deane-Drummond, The Tablet
"... speaks movingly of the wonder elicited by the beauty of nature ..."
Claritas, Journal of Dialogue and Culture
"... this book will be a first stop for further work exploring the relationship between Peter Singer and Christian ethics ... overall, I think this book is a success, and highly recommend it."
Russell DiSilvestro, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"The result of an application of a way of thinking about ethics that many people find attractive ... Camosy is right to think that Christian ethicists have good reason to engage seriously with Singer, the better to understand their disagreements ..."
Peter Wicks, First Things
"This book concludes by considering how Singer and Christian ethicists might clarify one another's thinking and practice ... Camosy's approach of respectfully but critically examining Singer's positions, acknowledging strengths and identifying failures could serve as a fruitful model for engagement in polarized world, where sentimentality and caricature too often replace thoughtful debate."
Brian Volck, Christian Century
"... highlights ways that the Catholic tradition can learn from Singer. This work will be valuable for anyone interested in philosophical and theological ethics ... Recommended ..."
J. H. Sniegocki, Choice
"In this wide-ranging work Camosy shows himself to be vigorous, lucid, and deeply compelling, compared to Don Quixote only because his ethical sallies are bold, laudable, and inspiring ..."
Christopher M. Hays, The Marginalia Review of Books
"... a very good book. It is well written and clearly argued, and it is about an important question, namely whether Peter Singer's ethical work can be reconciled with Christian ethics."
Scottish Journal of Theology
"... a great deal of worthwhile discussion [on] a variety of critical moral issues."
The Linacre Quarterly
"Camosy's work demonstrates how Christians in general and Catholics in particular might engage in moral discourse in an increasingly pluralistic world."
The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly
This book explores issues such as abortion, euthanasia, global poverty and the dignity of non-human animals to show that Peter Singer and Christian ethics, commonly understood as occupying polarized positions, are far closer than has been thought. It will be valuable for all who are interested in their continuing debate.
Top customer reviews
Overall I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in Christian Ethics, and or Peter Singer's works. This thought provoking book is miles ahead of many Christians who don't want anything to do with Singer let alone compare his thoughts to Christianity. This work is a step in the right direction of dialogue between persons of faith and those of non-faith.
A great book that in my humble opinion asks you to set aside opinions of Singer and really get to know many of his beliefs in a way that makes you critically think about your personal ethics.
A wonderful read that I suggest to all!
However the uniqueness of this book is its remarkable and, to this reader at least, very enlightening emphasis on the areas of philosphical reasoning where Singer and Christianity (and especially Catholicism) agree and the book clearly demonstrates that there are lots of them.
Little wonder then that Camosy has won the rare accolade of a cover commendation by the very philosopher under scrutiny. Even Singer himself is won over, as evidenced by his ringing endorsement of the book "as a valuable contribution to philosophy in general, and to applied ethics in particular". It certainly is and anyone interested in Singer - as a fan or foe, is bound to benefit from reading it.
Charles Camosy is not overtly a part of the transpartisan movement, but his focus on finding common ground between seemingly antithetical world views is more in keeping with the transpartisan vision, than many who ARE overtly in the movement. His incorporation of the full gamut of Christian thinkers (Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholid), instead of "merely" tackling Peter Singer in relation to his own Catholicism, is what makes this work so relevant to healing the body politic in the U.S., and bridging the partisan divide that threatens to tear us apart.
70% of Americans claim to be followers of Christ. In all four gospels, Jesus asserts that loving God and neighbor is the supreme commandment. And yet some 16,000 children under the age of 5 will die today, because collectively, we did not care enough about our global neighbors to make it otherwise. Yet, far too many Christians would rather engage in theological debates about the eternal fate of those 16,000 children, than to engage in compassionate dialogue with those who differ from us in myriad ways (but who also have compassion), to address this moral obscenity.
This refrain is ubiquitously repeated, by progressives from Jim Wallis to Marianne Williamson, but it is repeated primarily to the progressive choir, which tends overwhelmingly to demonize conservative evangelicals, who happen to believe that life begins at conception; or that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand in intolerant judgment of them, in the name of toleration. And in so doing, we foreclose the chance to affirm our own claimed values -- of affirming the universal human dignity of every person.
I will continue to cite 3 additional books, as manifestos for the transpartisan movement -- the political movement to empower the collective wisdom and compassion of ALL American citizens, and to disrupt the two party plutocracy that keeps us so divided:
1. Voice of the People (by Jim Turner and Lawry Chickering, 2008)
2. Empowering Public Wisdom (by Tom Atlee, 2012)
3. The Reuninted States of American (by Mark Gerzon, 2016)
As well an important precursor to the movement, The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (edited by John Gastil and Peter Levine, 2005).
But none of those takes a Christian stance, and in their neutrality, are unable to fully affirm the possibility of ALL Christians joining the transpartisan movement, with all of the diversity (within and outside the faith) serving to increase the collective wisdom that is possible when we focus on what unites us, in a spirit of respectful dialogue, grounded in compassion.
I will leave it to others to split hairs (and many have), in criticizing Charles Camosy's valiant effort. For my part, I take far more inspiration from it than from the most brilliant hair splitters, who would rather win a debate, than dialogue about how we can co-create a just and sustainable world that works for all.
Norlyn Dimmitt, FSA