Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics
Rethinking Life and Death is a book that only the distinguished philosopher Peter Singer could write - a book that creates nothing less than a new set of ethics for the next century. Singer shows just why our traditional ethic of life and death is collapsing all around us - but instead of lamenting the fact, as traditional moralists do, he sees it as an opportunity to move forward to a more soundly based approach. In discussing themes like euthanasia, brain death, abortion, and the treatment of patients in a persistent vegetative state, Singer boldly discards the old rhetoric and meaningless cliches about the sanctity of human life. Instead he produces a fresh account of when life should be regarded as precious and worth preserving, and when it should not be. Using provocative case studies, Singer vividly describes the break-up of our current ethic of life and death. He asks penetrating questions like: What are the results of the classic Dutch experiment with voluntary euthanasia? What are its implications for the future and will a similar system work in the United States? Is the definition of death in terms of "brain death" a medical judgment? Or is it an ethical choice based on our need for organs and the emotional and financial futility of keeping human beings in this state alive? Why do we consider it wrong to take organs from a baby born without a brain, but acceptable to take them from an ape? Is it really possible to defend abortion on the grounds of "choice" or do we have to make up our minds first about the status of the fetus and whether it has rights in the first place? With Rethinking Life and Death, Peter Singer describes a world that has already begun to be revolutionizedby twenty-first-century technology, and in doing so, provides us all with a profound reexamination of the ethics that govern how we live and how we die.
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RETHINKING LIFE AND DEATH: The Collapse of Our Traditional EthicsUser Review - Kirkus
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
Rethinking life and death: the collapse of our traditional ethicsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
BIRTH AFTER DEATH
A German story
HOW DEATH WAS REDEFINED
The Harvard committee on the determination of death
A revolution without opposition
Unlocking the abortion deadlock
MAKING QUALITY OF LIFE JUDGMENTS
Treating to die
Selective nontreatment and infanticide
ASKING FOR DEATH
How voluntary euthanasia became possible in the Netherlands
The coming struggle for the right to die
Who believes it?
An unstable compromise
DR SHANNS DILEMMA
Breathing but dead?
The case for a higher brain definition of death
Against brain death
A way forward?
TONY BLAND AND THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
Deciding on the basis of quality of life
Lawfully intending to end innocent human life
Discarding a fig leaf
Beyond the sanctity of human life
Acts and omissions
Crumbling at the Edges
The unavoidable issue
The era of legal abortion
New reproductive technology and the abortion debate
Sliding down a slippery slope?
Breaking the commandment
BEYOND THE DISCONTINUOUS MIND
Whose organs may we take?
In Gods image and at the centre of the universe
The western tradition under attack
Who is Homo?
Who is a person?
Towards a Coherent Approach
IN PLACE OF THE OLD ETHIC
Rewriting the commandments
The basis of the new approach to life and death
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Rethinking Life & Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics
No preview available - 1995