Preface 1 Value of life What makes a life valuable? Human beings and human persons Sanctity of life arguments Quality of life arguments 2 Suicide Suicide and society The psychology of suicide Arguments against suicide Arguments for suicide Paternalism 3 Abortion and infanticide Women's autonomy and rights The personhood problem The law and abortion Hard cases Normative ethical responses to abortion 4 Euthanaisa and doctors' ethics A problem of definition The law and euthanasia Allowing to die and cutting short a life Non-voluntary euthanasia Normative ethical responses to euthanasia 5 Killing as Punishment Capital punishment Aims and justification of punishment Retribution Deterrence Reform Normative ethical responses to killing as punishment 6 War and Peace Why war? Public and private values and the use of lethal violence Pacifism War realism Militarism Just war Normative ethical responses to war and peace 7 Nuclear War and Deterrence The moral paradox of nuclear deterrence Why use nuclear weapons? The morality of nuclear war The morality of nuclear deterrence Normative ethical responses to nuclear war and deterrence Glossary Further reading Index
The second edition of this popular title complete with new accessible design, revised content and revision aides to allow all AS and A level students develop the knowledge and understanding needed for exam success.
Michael Wilcockson is an experienced author, examiner and teacher.