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1st Edition

Ethics and the Contemporary World

Edited By

David Edmonds

ISBN 9781138092051
Published June 10, 2019 by Routledge
374 Pages

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Book Description

Arguments about ethics often centre on traditional questions of, for instance, euthanasia and abortion. Whilst these questions are still in the foreground, recent years have seen an explosion of new moral problems. Moral and political clashes are now as likely to be about sexuality and gender and the status of refugees, immigrants and borders, or the ethics of social media, safe spaces, disability and robo-ethics.

How should we approach these debates? What are the issues at stake? What are the most persuasive arguments? Edited by best-selling philosophy author David Edmonds, Ethics and the Contemporary World assembles a star-studded line-up of philosophers to explore twenty-five of the most important ethical problems confronting us today. They engage with moral problems in race and gender, the environment, war and international relations, global poverty, ethics and social media, democracy, rights and moral status, and science and technology.

Whether you want to learn more about the ethics of poverty, food, extremism, or artificial intelligence and enhancement, this book will help you understand the issues, sharpen your perspective and, hopefully, make up your own mind.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Part 1: Race and Gender

1. Profiling and Discrimination David Edmonds

2. Feminism and the Demands of Beauty Heather Widdows and Gulzaar Barn

Part 2: The Environment

3. The Environment and Geoengineering Stephen Gardiner

4. Population and Life Extension Hilary Greaves

Part 3: War and International Relations

5. Immigration and Borders: Who should be allowed in? Gillian Brock

6. War and Legitimate Targets Helen Frowe

7. Counter-Terrorism and Lethal Force Seumas Miller

Part 4: Global poverty

8. Humanitarian Intervention Allen Buchanan

9. Religion and Politics Tony Coady

10. Charity and Partiality Theron Pummer

Part 5: Ethics and social media

11. Social media and friendship Rebecca Roache

12. The internet and privacy Carissa Veliz

13. Fake News and Free Speech Neil Levy

Part 6: Democracy

14. Extremism Steve Clarke

15. Microaggression Regina Rini

16. Free Speech Roger Crisp

Part 7: Rights and Moral Status

17. The Child’s Right to Bodily Integrity Brian Earp

18. Disability Guy Kahane

19. Embryo Research Katrien Devolder

20. Abortion Francesca Minerva

21. Euthanasia Dominic Wilkinson

22. Eating Meat Jeff McMahan

Part 8: Science and Technology

23. Genetic Selection Thomas Douglas

24. Human Enhancement Julian Savulescu

25. AI and Robot Ethics John Tasioulas.


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David Edmonds is Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, UK, and a BBC journalist. His books include Would You Kill The Fat Man? and (with John Eidinow) Rousseau’s Dog and Wittgenstein’s Poker. With Nigel Warburton, he runs the popular 'Philosophy Bites' podcast series, which has had 38 million downloads. @DavidEdmonds100


"This is a superb collection of 25 short chapters on current ethical issues. The pieces included are accessible, brisk and often arresting, ensuring that the book will have an important role to play in both philosophical and public discussion." - Philip Pettit, Princeton University, USA, and Australian National University