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Would You Eat Your Cat?: Key Ethical Conundrums, and What They Tell You About Yourself Paperback – 25 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847736688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847736680
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Stangroom has a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is currently the New Media editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, which he founded with Julian Baggini in 1997. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including Einstein's Riddle, The Little Book of Big Ideas: Philosophy and The Little Book of Big Ideas: Religion. He is also Series Editor, with James Garvey, of Continuum Books' series on Contemporary Social Issues. Stangroom is an elected fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GunillaB on 3 July 2011
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The book presents a series of ethical dilemmas, mostly more important than the one of the title. Some we have heard before, some are refreshingly novel. These situations could give rise to many interesting discussions, especially among teenagers staring to get to grips with morals and ethics. The book would be a perfect present to you thirteen-year-old -if, that is - you are prepared to read the book together with them and talk to them about it.

So far so good. But then it becomes less satisfying. Each problem is discussed by the author and different aspects are brought out. Usually trivially and many times in a way that insults the reader's intelligence. We CAN guess, believe it or not, what a man linking his body with a tube to a sick star athlete for nine months is supposed to illustrate! Only occasionally is this part of the book of value.

The third part is a character evaluation of the reader according to what solution they took. This is on the level of weekly magazine tests. If you are in favour of abortion (long before the nine months) you are a liberal. If not, you are a conservative. No kidding?

And what about the cat? The story is this: a beloved pet dies a peaceful death from old age. The owner wants to become one with his darling and thus prepares a cat stew and eats it reverently. Is this wrong? This one is simple - of course not. Disgusting, perhaps, but why would it be wrong?
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Great book 23 April 2013
By MissTheGround - Published on
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First off the seller that I bought from was great. It arrived sooner than I thought it would and was in better condition than I thought it would be in.

The book itself is a good read. Only complaint would be that I expected it to go more in depth with it's analysis of morality. Basically you decide if you believe something is moral or not and it gives a short paragraph bluntly stating what you generally believe. Still a very insightful book, you realize things about yourself that you may not have previously known. Definitely recommend.
Would you Eat Your Cat? No! 20 Mar. 2013
By Natacha Dannenberg - Published on
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This book really makes you think...Scenarios are presented and you get to decide the way in which you would handle it. There is really no right or wrong answer, it is all on how you think and believe. This is a book you could use with a small group just for fun. I found it to be provoking.
mindy 24 Jan. 2013
By M. Paquin - Published on
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Entertaining and interesting,although at times a little too "out there" in the philosphical ether. This is not a book that everyone can easily understand,I think.
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