The 1980 edition
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|1979 (first edition)
1993 (second edition)
2011 (third edition)
|Pages||395 (second edition)|
|ISBN||0-521-43971-X (second edition paperback)|
Singer analyzes, in detail, why and how beings' interests should be weighed. In his view, 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. Singer 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. The 1993 second edition adds chapters on refugees, the environment, equality and disability, embryo experimentation, and the treatment of academics in Germany. A third edition published in 2011 omits the chapter on refugees, and contains a new chapter on climate change.
- 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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