Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1996 - Philosophy - 256 pages

The new commandments according to Rethinking Life and Death.
--If you must take human life, take responsibility for the consequences of your decisions.
--All human life is not of equal worth; treat beings in accordance to the ethical situation at hand.
--Respect a person's desire to live or die.
A profound and provocative work, Rethinking Life and Death, in the tradition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, examines the ethical dilemmas that confront us as we near the twenty-first century.

 

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RETHINKING LIFE AND DEATH: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics

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The doctrine of the sanctity of human life is in deep trouble, claims Australian philospher Singer (The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology, 1981, etc.), who gives his own clear ideas of what ... Read full review

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Singer (Animal Liberation, LJ 3/15/90. 2d ed.) calls for a revolution in ethical thinking about life and death. Human beings, in his view, form merely one species among others, and obligations to ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
Doubtful Endings
7
BIRTH AFTER DEATH
9
A German story
12
Our choice
16
HOW DEATH WAS REDEFINED
20
The Harvard committee on the determination of death
22
A revolution without opposition
28
Unlocking the abortion deadlock
100
MAKING QUALITY OF LIFE JUDGMENTS
106
Treating to die
115
Selective nontreatment and infanticide
128
ASKING FOR DEATH
132
The solution?
141
How voluntary euthanasia became possible in the Netherlands
143
The coming struggle for the right to die
147

Who believes it?
32
An unstable compromise
35
DR SHANNS DILEMMA
38
Breathing but dead?
42
The case for a higher brain definition of death
46
Against brain death
50
A way forward?
54
TONY BLAND AND THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
57
Deciding on the basis of quality of life
65
Lawfully intending to end innocent human life
68
Discarding a fig leaf
70
Beyond the sanctity of human life
73
Acts and omissions
75
Crumbling at the Edges
81
UNCERTAIN BEGINNINGS
83
The unavoidable issue
85
The era of legal abortion
90
New reproductive technology and the abortion debate
93
Sliding down a slippery slope?
150
Breaking the commandment
157
BEYOND THE DISCONTINUOUS MIND
159
Whose organs may we take?
163
In Gods image and at the centre of the universe
165
The western tradition under attack
169
Who is Homo?
172
Who is a person?
180
Towards a Coherent Approach
185
IN PLACE OF THE OLD ETHIC
187
Rewriting the commandments
189
Some answers
206
The basis of the new approach to life and death
219
NOTES
223
BIBLIOGRAPHY
238
INDEX
247
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Peter Singer teaches at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. One of founding fathers of the Animal Rights Movement, he is the author of the bestselling Animal Liberation.

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