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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; New Ed edition (19 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631187855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631187851
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 4.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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" A Companion to Ethics will provide an invaluable stimulus for anyone interested in ethics –– which is to say it will benefit anyone interested in the central questions of human life." David Seehouse, University of Liverpool; BMJ

"Peter Singer has directed this book very expertly. The contributors have set forth the facts about ethical systems with as much kind clarity as specialists can ever bestow upon the ignorant." The Independent

"A brilliant collection of articles." Pat Haggard, New Scientist<!––end––>

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In this volume, some of today′s most distinguished philosophers survey the whole field of ethics, from its origins, through the great ethical traditions, to theories of how we ought to live, arguments about specific ethical issues, and the nature of ethics itself. The book can be read straight through from beginning to end; yet the inclusion of a multi–layered index, coupled with a descriptive outline of contents and bibliographies of relevant literature, means that the volume also serves as a work of reference, both for those coming afresh to the study of ethics and for readers already familiar with the subject.

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This is a useful book with a wide ranging set of essays on a very broad set of ethical topics. In fact the broadness of the book's contents is both a strength and weakness. The strength is that you will find angles on aspects of ethics you will struggle to find in many ethical anthologies. The weakness is that by being quite so broad, it does lack something in terms of depth. The essays are generally of a high standard - although I found a couple less well written (and the standard is not as high as Singer's other really excellent anthology - Applied Ethics). So in the end it depends what you want - if you really want an anthology that covers all aspects of ethics then this is probably as close as you will get to such a thing in a single volume. If you are looking for an anthology with really deep and thorough essays on certain aspects then this is probably less strong. I am pleased I bought it and it has certainly introduced me to some streams of ethical thinking I was less familar with. However, in a couple of core areas the essays are a less profound than I hoped for.
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Rather than an encyclopedia on ethics, Peter Singer, himself one of the most controversial authors in contemporary philosophy, has compiled a number of easy-to-understand essays on issues in moral philosophy and ethics. The range of topics is agreeably wide and will provide beginning (or advanced) philosophy students with a solid background. Whether you agree on everything Singer says and writes or not, you will have to agree that this book is indeed a very useful one.
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This book is a useful book for A'level and Degree student who are looking at the philosophy of ethics. Very clear and concise in its arguments. A good but difficult read if you don't know some of the complex philosophical words. Always have a Philosophy dictionary with you as you read this book.
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Some of the book's essays are fairly lucid and interesting and some are not. But generally, many of the subjects were enlightening.
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essential reading for philosophy first year degree students
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