Introduction [PDF]. Singer picks up the topics of animal rights and poverty amelioration and runs quite far with them.
This book is interesting because it offers a chance to witness this influential thinker grapple with more offbeat questions. Despite their brevity, the essays do not shirk the big moral questions. In a fall that will be shaped by a political contest in many ways detached from genuinely pressing moral issues, it might also serve as a refreshingly complex source of ethical questioning. For philosophers, Singer's work provides a model for how to transition from the ivory tower to the domain of public philosophy.
The collection provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of themes that are central to Singer's ethics. His essays are well-structured, engaging, and exemplarily clear.
Moreover, his arguments tend to be nuanced and non-dogmatic, in spite of his well-known ethical agenda: here is an ethicist not looking for arguments to support a preconceived conclusion, but sincerely pondering the implications of his utilitarian stance. Any reader will find the book accessible; every reader will find it both thought-provoking and challenging.
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Start by marking “Ethics in the Real World: 86 Brief Essays on Things that Matter” as Want to Read: Australian philosopher and Stanford professor Peter Singer provides bite-sized food for thought in this collection of mini essays on various ethical issues, which was written with a. Peter Singer is often described as the world's most influential philosopher. Now , in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting.
He picks up news, anniversaries, but also personal encounters, and — within three or four sentences — shows the deeper ethical questions that lie behind these snippets. He urges us to confront not only the question of what we should not do, but also the harder and larger questions of what we should do, and how much we owe to others. Every chapter will make you think. Some hopefully will make you think differently. He is certainly one of the most enjoyable to read, and it's a joy to browse through this collection of his smart short essays.
This is public philosophy at its best—clear, controversial, and deeply rational. In this collection of popular essays, his intellect, courage, humanity, good sense, and good humor shine through. This is practical philosophy at its very best, stripped of all pretense and wisely applied to the most important questions of our time. He presents the issues and arguments with a lucidity, accessibility, and sharpness reminiscent of Bertrand Russell, another philosopher who sought to have a serious social impact.
Ethics in the Real World will undoubtedly be a force for the good.
If you want a philosophy that can directly alleviate human and animal suffering, read this wonderful book. Peter Singer.
In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and whether the pale blue dot that is our planet has any value. Provocative and original, these essays will challenge—and possibly change—your beliefs about a wide range of real-world ethical questions.
US Review of Books. Peter Singer is Ira W. Singer was born in Australia. He divides his time between New York The Text Publishing Company. Three-time winner: Small Publisher of the Year.
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