Can Ethics Provide Answers?


  • Author : James Rachels
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 1997
  • ISBN : 9780847683482
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Esteemed moral philosopher James Rachels here collects fifteen essays, some classic and others extensively revised, on the nature and limits of moral reasoning. Rachels argues that, rather than simply expressing societal conventions, moral philosophy can subvert received opinion and replace it with something better. Combining a concern for ethical theory with a discussion of practical moral issues such as euthanasia, the rights of animals, privacy, and affirmative action. Can Ethics Provide Answers is an excellent collection for students, scholars, and anyone concerned with the degree to which our principles can guide our policies.

Can Ethics Provide Answers?


  • Author : James Rachels
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release : 1996-12-19
  • ISBN : 0742572463
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Esteemed moral philosopher James Rachels here collects fifteen essays, some classic and others extensively revised, on the nature and limits of moral reasoning. Rachels argues that, rather than simply expressing societal conventions, moral philosophy can subvert received opinion and replace it with something better. Combining a concern for ethical theory with a discussion of practical moral issues such as euthanasia, the rights of animals, privacy, and affirmative action. Can Ethics Provide Answers is an excellent collection for students, scholars, and anyone concerned with the degree to which our principles can guide our policies.

Can Ethics Provide Answers?


  • Author : James Rachels
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Release : 1997
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Esteemed moral philosopher James Rachels here collects fifteen essays, some classic and others extensively revised, on the nature and limits of moral reasoning. Rachels argues that, rather than simply expressing societal conventions, moral philosophy can subvert received opinion and replace it with something better. Combining a concern for ethical theory with a discussion of practical moral issues such as euthanasia, the rights of animals, privacy, and affirmative action. Can Ethics Provide Answers is an excellent collection for students, scholars, and anyone concerned with the degree to which our principles can guide our policies.

The Legacy of Socrates


  • Author : Stuart Rachels
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release : 2007
  • ISBN : 9780231138444
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

James Rachels's philosophical writings address key questions of contemporary life and the classic dilemmas of moral philosophy. A leading figure in the development of applied ethics, James Rachels became an influential and sometimes controversial thinker on issues concerning animal rights, euthanasia, bioethics, and moral objectivity. This final collection of James Rachels's work brings together fourteen essays that best summarize Rachels's philosophical positions. The essays also shed new light on the depth and breadth of Rachels's work and its importance for contemporary philosophy. Written in Rachels's characteristically lucid, literary prose, these essays address the relationship between morality and reason, the duty to relieve both human and animal suffering, the independence of morality from religion, the rejection of relativism and egoism, and the role of ethics in a democratic society. Rachels offers an argument for vegetarianism, examines a controversial case involving a surrogate mother, and speculates on the ethics of political killing. Other essays range from Rachels's interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy to his appreciation of movies. Rachels was a strong believer in the ability of moral philosophy to improve our lives. This collection, which brings these important works together for the first time, is a testament to both the value of moral philosophy in understanding our world and the richness of Rachels's contributions to this understanding.

The Right Thing to Do


  • Author : James Rachels,Stuart Rachels
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release : 2019-07-26
  • ISBN : 1538129485
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Now in its eighth edition, James Rachels’ and Stuart Rachels’ The Right Thing to Do: Readings in Moral Philosophy continues its legacy of providing students a diverse collection of thought-provoking essays. New to this edition are eight essays relevant to the today’s students, from gun rights to the opioid crisis to racial equality.

Moral Problems


  • Author : James Rachels
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
  • Release : 1971
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Abortion: The morality of abortion, by P. Ramsey. The problem of abortion and the doctrine of double effect, by P. Foot. Whatever the consequences, by J. Bennett.--Sex: Sexual perversion, by T. Nagel. On sexual morality, by S. Ruddick.--Human rights and civil disobedience: Rights, human rights, and racial discrimination, by R. Wasserstrom. The justification of civil disobedience, by J. Rawls. Law and civil disobedience, by R.M. Dworkin.--Criminal punishment: The responsibility of criminals, by W. Kneale. Murder and the principles of punishment, England and the United States, by H.L.A. Hart. Or else, by J.R. Lucas.--Violence and pacifism: What violence is, by N. Garver. Pacifism, a philosophical analysis, by J. Narveson.--War: War and murder, by G.E.M. Anscombe. On the morality of war, a preliminary inquiry, by R. Wasserstrom. Peace, by R.M. Hare.--Suicide and death: Suicide, by R.F. Holland. Death, by T. Nagel. Death, by M. Mothersill.--Bibliography (p. 386-390).

The Elements of Moral Philosophy


  • Author : James Rachels
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1986
  • ISBN : 9780877224051
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Socrates said that moral philosophy deals with 'no small matter, but how we ought to live'. Beginning with a minimum conception of what morality is, the author offers discussions of the most important ethical theories. He includes treatments of such topics as cultural relativism, ethical subjectivism, psychological egoism, and ethical egoism.

The Elements of Moral Philosophy


  • Author : James Rachels,Stuart Rachels
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
  • Release : 2009-02-27
  • ISBN : 9780073386713
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Firmly established as the standard text for undergraduate courses in ethics, this concise, lively book takes the reader on an in-depth tour of the major moral theories, always illustrating abstract ideas with concrete examples. Separate, self-contained chapters examine such theories as Egoism, Kantianism, Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, and the Social Contract Theory. Through this conceptual framework, the text addresses timely and provocative issues, including abortion, racism, euthanasia, poverty, marijuana, homosexuality, the death penalty, and vegetarianism. The text's versatility makes it an ideal choice for use not only in ethical theory courses, but also in applied ethics courses of all kinds.

Ethics in Hard Times


  • Author : Arthur Kaplan
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-12-06
  • ISBN : 1468440225
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

There is widespread agreement among large segments of western society that we are living in a period of hard times. At first glance such a belief might seem exceedingly odd. After all, persons in western society find themselves living in a time of unprecedented material abundance. Hunger and disease, evils all too familiar to the members of earlier generations, although far from eradicated from modern life, are plainly on the wane. Persons alive today can look forward to healthier, longer, and more comfortable lives than those of their grand parents. Nevertheless, the feeling that life today is especially difficult is rampant in government, in the media, in popular books, and in academic circles. Western society is perceived in many quarters as wracked by crises of all sorts-of faith, of power, of authority, of social turmoil, of declining quality in workmanship and products, and of a general intellectual malaise afflicting both those on the Left and the Right. A tone of crisis permeates the language of public life. Editorials in major newspapers are full of dire warnings about the dangers of unbridled egoism, avarice and greed, and the risks and horrors of pollution, overpopulation, the arms race, crime, and indulgent lifestyles.

The Truth about the World: Basic Readings in Philosophy


  • Author : James Rachels,Stuart Rachels
  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
  • Release : 2007-11-05
  • ISBN : 9780073386614
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

This collection of essays addresses some of the most important issues in philosophy, involving God, the mind, freedom, knowledge, and ethics. It can accompany James and Stuart Rachels' introductory text, Problems from Philosophy, or it can stand alone with great effectiveness. The Truth About the World and Problems from Philosophy are James Rachels’ last contributions to philosophy, and each book has now been revised by his son, Stuart. In these two books, the respected author found a culminating expression for his love of philosophy.