A Dialogue on Ethical Issues of Life and Death

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University Press of America, 2002 - Medical - 156 pages
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Ethics is concerned with the way human beings ought to behave. This book, written in the form of a dialogue, is an introduction to several ethical theories and to four major contemporary moral issues: euthanasia, abortion, animal rights, and capital punishment. It aims to develop some views and arguments that have already emerged in the literature of ethics.
 

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Contents

ETHICAL THEORIES
1
2 Ethical Egoism
5
3 Utilitarianism
8
4 Kants Theory
13
5 Gods Command
15
6 Relativism
21
EUTHANASIA
27
2 Killing Letting Die and the Relevance of Intentions
29
5 Rape and Incest
74
Autonomy versus Beneficence
78
7 Feminism Oppression and Other Issues
85
ANIMALS
97
2 Consciousness Inherent Value and the Right to Life
98
3 Religion and Animals
102
4 Speciesism
104
5 Psychological Differences
110

3 The Sanctity of Life versus the Quality of Life
33
4 Pain and Mental Competence
36
5 The Principle of Autonomy versus the Principle of Beneficence
38
6 Immortality and Euthanasia
40
7 The Slippery Slope
42
8 Assisted Suicide
49
ABORTION AFTER LUNCH
53
2 Fetal Development
56
3 Genetic Humans versus Persons
59
4 Potential versus Actual Persons
61
AFTER DINNER
73
6 Reduction and Substitution
116
7 Vegetarianism
119
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
129
2 Retribution
133
3 Deterrence
137
4 The Option of Life in Prison
140
5 Arbitrariness and Discrimination
144
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
153
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
157
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Rocco J. Gennaro is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Indiana State University.

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