By Peter Singer
During this quantity, a few of contemporary so much exclusive philosophers survey the full box of ethics, from its origins, during the nice moral traditions, to theories of the way we should dwell, arguments approximately particular moral matters, and the character of ethics itself. The e-book could be learn directly via from starting to finish; but the inclusion of a multi-layered index, coupled with a descriptive define of contents and bibliographies of suitable literature, signifies that the quantity additionally serves as a piece of reference, either for these coming afresh to the learn of ethics and for readers already acquainted with the topic.
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Blackwell companions to philosophy) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Ethics. 2. Social ethics. I. Singer, Peter. II. Series. 5pt Photina Printed and bound in Great Britain by MPG Books Ltd, Bodmin, Cornwall This book is printed on acid-free paper Page v INTRODUCTION The title A Companion to Ethics may suggest a volume with short entries, in alphabetical order, providing summary information about leading theories, ideas and people in the academic discipline of ethics. As a glance at the outline of the volume (following this introduction) will show, this book is very different.
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A Companion to Ethics by Peter Singer