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Practical Ethics [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Peter Singer
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14. Februar 1980
Peter Singer's remarkably clear and comprehensive Practical Ethics has become a classic introduction to applied ethics since its publication in 1979 and has been translated into many languages. For this second edition the author has revised all the existing chapters, added two new ones, and updated the bibliography. He has also added an appendix describing some of the deep misunderstanding of and consequent violent reaction to the book in Germany, Austria and Switzerland where the book has tested the limits of freedom of speech. The focus of the book is the application of ethics to difficult and controversial social questions.
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press; Auflage: 1 (14. Februar 1980)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0521229200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521229203
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,2 x 16,7 x 2,8 cm
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From a review of the first edition 'Singer's book is packed with admirably marshalled and detailed information, social, medical, and economic, and has a splendid appendix of notes and references to further reading. The utility of this utilitarian's book to students of its subject can hardly be exaggerated.' New York Review of Books

'Peter Singer has provided us with a good example of the fruits of a major and by now established extension of philosophical interest. He succeeds in being straightforward, clear, and forceful without oversimplifying the technical aspects of the problems he discusses or trivialising the underlying philosophical issues.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Logical, readable, but incorrect 24. Januar 2000
Various other well-reviewed reviewers have covered this book's general qualities. I will try to clip some dangling threads. Singer's book is eminently readable, and well-reasoned. I highly recommend it for those who wonder, "What is ethics?" and "Why be ethical?" and for those who reject religious dogmatism in favor of defensible positions on some of the most contentious issues out there: abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, omnivorism, the refugee problem, protection of the environment, and so on. Singer hasn't dodged anything.
The flaws in his argument seem to reside in his basic framework: an absolute hierarchy of interests (preferences, desires). Singer bases this book on the notion that equal desires should be considered equally...thus skirting the notion that desires have weight, and the lesser desires of, say, a thousand people can outweigh the greater desire of one person. Singer does not shy from controversy - see the last section of the book - so his absolutist myopia seems to be a genuine flaw, rather than an attempt to mollify the masses by permanently putting (for example) the right to remain alive above the right to live free of torture.
Practical Ethics attacks the issues directly and generally unflinchingly, and I highly recommend it. Singer's rationality is a breath of fresh air for those who are frustrated with the dogmatic, uninformed or otherwise predirected arguments rampant in philosopy.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Good Collection of Essays 19. Januar 2000
Peter Singer's views are very controversial--his recent appointment at Princeton was vigorously protested by various groups--but they certainly make for an interesting read.
He espouses utilitarianism, a branch of ethics that measures "rightness" or "wrongness" on an action's effect on the majority of people (and animals). As a result, there is very little voice given in defense of certain rights that many of us--especially us Americans--consider to be fundamental (except, of course, to refute them). The individual is of little importance in his scheme of ethics, and his brand of utilitarianism, based on a rigorous logic, leads to some pretty scary destinations. For instance, in his argument in favor of animal rights, Singer argues that a) speciesism is no different from racism, that our perception of a difference is no less illogical and unethical than our one-time perception of an ethical difference between, say, men and women, or blacks and whites; b) that intelligence is no basis for dermining ethical stature, that, for instance, the lives of humans are not worth more than the lives of animals simply because they are more intelligence (if intelligence were a standard of judgment, he points out, we could perform medical experiments on the mentally retarded with moral impunity); c) that we need to measure the *interests* of the parties involved, and that, ultimately, all things being equal, an animal has as much interest in living as a human. Therefore, all things being equal, medical experimentation on animals is immoral. If, however, sacrificing the lives of, say 20 animals will save millions of human lives, then all things are not equal, and the interests of millions of people outweighs the interests of 20 animals.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Going where the arguments take you 15. Dezember 1999
This latest edition of Singer's influential book is well written and thorough, and provides a fine introduction to utilitarian ethics. Singer's conclusions are challenging, and provide the tools for some serious revision of our attitudes to some important contemporary issues. For the general reader this book is accessible (if not an easy read) and is a sound model of philosphical analysis of issues that affect us all.
In the end, I'm not sure that he has sufficiently supported his radical conclusions, but has nevertheless provided a benchmark for treatment of these issues. What he does demonstrate is that discussion of contraversial topics like abortion, euthenasia and the morality of killing animals should take place in the realm of well constructed arguments. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intelligent and very well written 3. November 1999
Peter Singer's book is a thoughtful contribution to the study of how, now that belief in God is far from universal, we can derive and use a system of ethics that does not presume the existence of any kind of God.
Now that we know beyond reasonable doubt that we are here because of a combination of chance and the actions of our selfish genes, and that there is no external meaning to life, a search for an ethical system that does not depend on such external deities is of great importance.
If this is to make sense, it is necessary to demolish the notion that in a purely mechanistic universe there can be no right and wrong. This is what Singer sets out to do, and to a large extent he succeeds.
Singer uses rigour and logic to build a way of thinking about ethical decisions, and the uses that system to confront day-to-day ethical problems. His conclusions are often surprising.
However, this book may confuse those who do not understand evolution. Consider a previous reviewer's comments:
"1) Evolution is not about pleasure, it is about avoiding the pain of being another's dinner, and the two are not the same at all. 2) Evolution is not about perfecting the species, it is about creating new species, and this is individualism at its most primal level."
This is nonsense. Evolution is not about anything; it is simply what replicators do when given a chance to replicate. Evolution does not compel individuals to act selfishly. This is simply a misunderstanding of evolution. Of course, evolution is outside the scope of a book about ethics: I would recommend Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene" to anyone who still believes that evolution in any way excuses selfish behaviour.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A dark book
Peter Singer, the contraversial professor in Princeton, presents his moral theory again, but this time, he focuses on bioethical issues, in addition to issues regarding the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Transcending tradition: the ultimate challenge
Singer's "Practical Ethics" is a masterpiece of ethical reasoning. While many other philosophers clothe their arguments in the jargon of their discipline, Singer's... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. November 1999 von Kai Chan (
1.0 von 5 Sternen Practically Nonsense
Any person claiming that Singer has provided ANSWERS has obviously not finished the book!
He unequivocally states in the last chapter (Why Act Morally? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Oktober 1999 von Bill Weaks
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent
You can't really be human unless you explore the rights and wrongs of our choices. I liked this book almost as much as I liked "To Be or Not to Be: Reflections on Bioethical... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 8. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining
I must say that Singer puts up a convincing arguemuent. However, I did notice some contradictions that I'm itching to point out (that is just my personality) but I have to keep it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A book in the best tradition of open intellectual debate.
I haven't actually read Singer's book but from the other reviews I feel as qualified to comment on it as the other reviewers. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book!
Singer is definitely a great thinker! From a very small set of sound moral principles (for example, the principle of equal consideration of interests), Singer is able to answer... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 1999 von Nameless
5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Read
Most of the other reviewers seem to give this book a low ranking based solely on their personal feelings. While I do not agree with all of Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Sick. Very sick.
Voltaire once said of his adversary Rousseau, "I disagree with what he says but I will defend to the death his right to say it. Lesen Sie weiter...
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