Critical Reasoning in Ethics is an accessible introduction that will enable students, through practical exercises, to develop their own skills in reasoning about ethical issues such as:
* analysing and evaluating arguments used in discussions of ethical issues
* analysing and evaluating ethical concepts, such as utilitarianism
* making decisions on ethical issues
* learning how to approach ethical issues in a fair minded way
Ethical issues discussed include the arguments about abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, animal rights, the environment and war.
The book will be essential reading for philosophy, health, social work and nursing courses.
'An invaluable resource for anyone wishing to sharpen their analytical skills … Public debate on ethical matters would be a good deal more sophisticated if the pundits pronouncing on current issues such as Kosovo and GM food had read this book.' - Network
'Critical Reasoning in Ethics offers a practical hands-on approach in dealing with ethical issues, and does not presume any prior knowledge of moral theories.' - Philsophers' Magazine
'Ann Thompson writes in a clear and lively style … I have rarely read a book where it has proved quite impossible to let the words slip past the eyes without the mind being forced to keep awake.' - The Expository Times