The second edition
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Publication date||1979 (second edition 1993)|
|Pages||395 (second edition)|
|ISBN||0-521-43971-X (second edition paperback)|
Practical Ethics is an introduction to applied ethics by modern bioethical philosopher Peter Singer. Originally published in 1979, it has since been translated into a number of languages. The book caused outrage in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The 1993 second edition has new chapters on refugees and the environment, and new sections on equality and disability, embryo experimentation, and the treatment of academics in Germany. A third edition of Practical Ethics was published in 2011. It omits the chapter on refugees, and contains a new chapter on climate change.
The work analyzes, in detail, why and how beings' interests should be weighed. Singer states that a being's interests should always be weighed according to that being's concrete properties, and not according to its belonging to some abstract group.
The book studies a number of ethical issues including: race, sex, ability, species, abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, embryo experimentation, the moral status of animals, political violence, overseas aid, and whether we have an obligation to assist others.
- Midgley, Mary (October 1980). "Review: Consequentialism and Common Sense". The Hastings Center Report 10 (5): 43–44. doi:10.2307/3561052.
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