A Companion to Ethics (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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No-one can avoid an involvement in ethics. Everything that we do, or do not do, is a possible subject of ethical evaluation. Peter Singer's volume, in 47 long entries, contributed by some of today's most distinguished philosophers, surveys the whole field of ethics from the origins of the subject, through the great ethical traditions to theories of how we ought to live, arguments about specific ethical issues and the nature of ethics itself. Unlike other volumes in the series, this book is not alphabetically organized, but follows a broadly chronological systematic plan, which provides a readily comprehensible context for each entry in the overall coverage of the subject. The volume provides reference mechanisms for those coming afresh to the subject, as well as a guide to those more experienced in the discipline to the particular coverage offered by this "Companion".

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In this volume, some of today's most distinguished philosophers survey the whole field of ethics, from its origins, through the great ethical traditions, to theories of how we ought to live, arguments about specific ethical issues, and the nature of ethics itself. The book can be read straight through from beginning to end; yet the inclusion of a multi-layered index, coupled with a descriptive outline of contents and bibliographies of relevant literature, means that the volume also serves as a work of reference, both for those coming afresh to the study of ethics and for readers already familiar with the subject.

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Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. He is the author of Animal Liberation, first published in 1975, and is widely credited with triggering the modern animal-rights movement. His Practical Ethics is one of the most widely used texts in applied ethics, and Rethinking Life and Death received the 1995 National Book Council's Banjo Award for non-fiction. He was the foundation president of the International Association of Bioethics.

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