Ethics for Disaster

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Nov 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 143 pages
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Ethics for Disaster addresses the moral aspects of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, plane crashes, Avian Flu pandemics, and other disasters. Naomi Zack explores how these catastrophes illuminate the existing inequalities in society. By employing the moral systems of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics to analyze the consequences of recent natural disasters, Zack reveals the special plight of the poor, disabled, and infirm when tragedy strikes. Zack explores the political foundations of social contract theory and dignitarianism and invites readers to rethink the distinction between risk in normal times and risk in disaster. Using both real life and fictional examples, Zack forcefully argues for the preservation of normal moral principles in times of national crisis and emergency, stressing the moral obligation of both individuals and government in preparing for and responding to disaster..
 

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Contents

Introduction and Overview of the Chapters
1
Part I ETHICS
11
Is Saving the Greatest Number Best?
13
Should We Blow Up the Fat Man?
33
Mitch Rapp and Ernest Shackleton
49
Part II POLITICS
67
Thomas Hobbes John Locke and Art Spiegelman
69
Snakes on a Plane Fire in the Pentagon and Disaster Rights
87
Hurricane Katrina
105
A Code of Ethics for Disaster Its Implications and the Water Crisis
125
Select Bibliography
133
Index
139
About the Author
143
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Naomi Zack is professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. She has authored several books, including Inclusive Feminism and Thinking About Race.

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