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  • Author(s) Noel Stewart
  • Edition1
  • Published12th December 2008
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745640686
This book provides a much-needed, straightforward introduction to
moral philosophy. It will particularly benefit students following
courses containing an ethics module, including philosophy from AS
level onwards, religious studies, law and medicine, but it has also
been written for any reader puzzled by moral disputes and dilemmas.

Written in an easy and approachable style and packed with lively
examples from everyday life, the first section of the book clearly
explains and assesses the arguments for and against the rival moral
theories of utilitarianism, Kantianism, Divine Command Theory and
virtue ethics. The second section develops this by analysing the
conflicting advice each moral theory gives regarding four
controversial areas of life, namely euthanasia, abortion, animal
rights and the environment. The final section concludes with an
account of the vital debate concerning whether the difference
between right and wrong is an objective fact discovered by us, like
gravity, or is instead a human creation and invented by us, like
tax laws.


Throughout the book moral arguments are broken down into their
component parts and explained in clear and simple stages so that
readers not previously familiar with philosophical reasoning are
aware at all times of where they are in the debate, and where the
strengths and weaknesses lie in each position. As such, it is an
ideal introduction to critical thinking as well as to moral
philosophy.

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  • Author(s) Noel Stewart
  • Edition1
  • Published12th December 2008
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745640686
This book provides a much-needed, straightforward introduction to
moral philosophy. It will particularly benefit students following
courses containing an ethics module, including philosophy from AS
level onwards, religious studies, law and medicine, but it has also
been written for any reader puzzled by moral disputes and dilemmas.

Written in an easy and approachable style and packed with lively
examples from everyday life, the first section of the book clearly
explains and assesses the arguments for and against the rival moral
theories of utilitarianism, Kantianism, Divine Command Theory and
virtue ethics. The second section develops this by analysing the
conflicting advice each moral theory gives regarding four
controversial areas of life, namely euthanasia, abortion, animal
rights and the environment. The final section concludes with an
account of the vital debate concerning whether the difference
between right and wrong is an objective fact discovered by us, like
gravity, or is instead a human creation and invented by us, like
tax laws.


Throughout the book moral arguments are broken down into their
component parts and explained in clear and simple stages so that
readers not previously familiar with philosophical reasoning are
aware at all times of where they are in the debate, and where the
strengths and weaknesses lie in each position. As such, it is an
ideal introduction to critical thinking as well as to moral
philosophy.

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