Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics

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Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics

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9781405115483: Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics

Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics features pairs of newly commissioned essays by some of the leading theorists working in the field today.

  • Brings together fresh debates on eleven of the most controversial issues in applied ethics
  • Topics addressed include abortion, affirmative action, animals, capital punishment, cloning, euthanasia, immigration, pornography, privacy in civil society, values in nature, and world hunger.
  • Lively debate format sharply defines the issues, and paves the way for further discussion.
  • Will serve as an accessible introduction to the major topics in applied ethics, whilst also capturing the imagination of professional philosophers.

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This engaging book features original essays on some of the most hotly debated topics in applied ethics today. Is abortion morally permissible? Should we be allowed to clone human beings? Should immigration be limited, or left open? Together, the essays provide an accessible introduction to the major topics in the field.

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Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics features original essays on some of the most hotly debated issues in the field. Is abortion morally permissible? Should we be allowed to clone human beings? Should immigration be limited, or left open?


Eleven pairs of newly commissioned essays shape the volume, with each question treated by a pair of opposing essays. This distinctive format offers readers a unique opportunity to observe philosophers engaging in head-to-head debate. Together, the essays provide an accessible introduction to the major topics in applied ethics, including abortion, affirmative action, animals, capital punishment, cloning, euthanasia, immigration, pornography, privacy and civil society, values in nature, and world hunger.


Showcasing original arguments for well-defined positions, as well as clear and concise statements of sophisticated philosophical views, this volume is an excellent resource for professional philosophers and students alike.

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