Abortion, distribution of wealth, civil disobedience, reverse discrimination, sex-role stereotyping, censorship – what does philosophy have to contribute to these practical moral issues? In this important book, first published in 1982, Robin Barrow argues convincingly that the capacity to make fine conceptual discriminations is crucial to an informed response to such issues, and he alerts us to the degree to which this ability has been lacking in much previous philosophical thought.
The author presents a series of formidable arguments regarding the more controversial social and moral issues of our time, and in doing so he gives the general reader and the student of philosophy a clearer appreciation of the nature of the philosophical contribution.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Foreword; 1. Discrimination 2. Utilitarianism 3. Dogmatism 4. Freedom 5. Feminism: Language and Thought 6. Feminism: Sex-Role Stereotyping 7. Reverse Discrimination 8. Abortion 9. Equality and Wealth 10. Democracy 11. Civil Disobedience 12. Animals 13. The Arts 14. Education; Bibliography; Index