Ethics in the Real World

82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter
Princeton University Press
  • erschienen am 5. September 2017
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Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words.

In this book of brief essays, he applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalized, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases in the news. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and what is the value of the pale blue dot that is our planet. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like Singer's thoughts on one of his favorite activities, surfing, and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast.

Now with a new afterword by the author, this provocative and original book will challenge-and possibly change-your beliefs about many real-world ethical questions.

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Peter Singer With a new afterword by the author

Introduction ix
Acknowledgments xv
Big Questions
The Value of a Pale Blue Dot 3
Does Anything Matter? 6
Is There Moral Progress? 9
God and Suffering, Again 12
Godless Morality (with Marc Hauser) 15
Are We Ready for a "Morality Pill"? (with Agata Sagan) 19
The Quality of Mercy 23
Thinking about the Dead 27
Should This Be the Last Generation? 31
Philosophy on Top 35
Europe's Ethical Eggs 41
If Fish Could Scream 44
Cultural Bias against Whaling? 47
A Case for Veganism 50
Consider the Turkey: Thoughts for Thanksgiving 55
In Vitro Meat 60
Chimpanzees Are People, Too 63
The Cow Who . . . 66
Beyond the Ethic of the Sanctity of Life
The Real Abortion Tragedy 73
Treating (or Not) the Tiniest Babies 77
Pulling Back the Curtain on the Mercy Killing of Newborns 81
No Diseases for Old Men 85
When Doctors Kill 89
Choosing Death 93
Dying in Court 97
Bioethics and Public Health
The Human Genome and the Genetic Supermarket 103
The Year of the Clone? 106
Kidneys for Sale? 110
The Many Crises of Health Care 114
Public Health versus Private Freedom? 118
Weigh More, Pay More 122
Should We Live to 1,000? 125
Population and the Pope 129
Sex and Gender
Should Adult Sibling Incest Be a Crime? 135
Homosexuality Is Not Immoral 139
Virtual Vices 142
A Private Affair? 146
How Much Should Sex Matter? (with Agata Sagan) 150
God and Woman in Iran 154
Doing Good
The One-Percent
Solution 159
Holding Charities Accountable 163
Blatant Benevolence 167
Good Charity, Bad Charity 171
Heartwarming Causes Are Nice, But Let's Give to Charity with Our Heads 175
The Ethical Cost of High-Price Art 179
Preventing Human Extinction (with Nick Beckstead and Matt Wage) 182
Happiness, Money, and Giving It Away 191
Can We Increase Gross National Happiness? 195
The High Cost of Feeling Low 199
No Smile Limit 202
Happy, Nevertheless 205
Bentham's Fallacies, Then and Now 211
The Founding Fathers' Fiscal Crisis 215
Why Vote? 219
Free Speech, Muhammad, and the Holocaust 222
The Use and Abuse of Religious Freedom 225
An Honest Man? 229
Is Citizenship a Right? 232
The Spying Game 236
A Statue for Stalin? 239
Should We Honor Racists? 243
Global Governance
Escaping the Refugee Crisis 249
Is Open Diplomacy Possible? 253
The Ethics of Big Food 257
Fairness and Climate Change (with Teng Fei) 260
Will the Polluters Pay for Climate Change? 264
Why Are They Serving Meat at a Climate Change Conference? (with Frances Kissling) 268
Dethroning King Coal 273
Paris and the Fate of the Earth 277
Science and Technology A Clear Case for Golden Rice 283
Life Made to Order 287
Rights for Robots? (with Agata Sagan) 291
A Dream for the Digital Age 295
A Universal Library 298
The Tragic Cost of Being Unscientific 302
Living, Playing, Working How to Keep a New Year's Resolution 307
Why Pay More? 310
Tiger Mothers or Elephant Mothers? 313
Volkswagen and the Future of Honesty 317
Is Doping Wrong? 321
Is It OK to Cheat at Football? 324
A Surfing Reflection 328
Afterword to the Paperback Edition 331
Index 335

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