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The Legacy of Socrates


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"James Rachels always writes clearly, in a manner that is easy to read and has a personal touch. It is as if he is in an armchair, speaking to you as a friend. This collection covers the range of topics for which he is best known& mdash;the ethics of how we should treat animals, life and death issues in medical practice and other topics in bioethics, and the nature of ethics. It displays all the author's characteristic virtues: clarity, thoughtfulness, a willingness to provoke, a sense of humor, a broadly humane vision, and a relaxed style of writing. Great reading for philosophers and for those who simply want to know more about how philosophers write and think about ethical issues." -- Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Animals 1. The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 2. Darwin, Species, and Morality 3. Drawing Lines Lives 4. The Value of Human Life 5. Killing and Starving to Death 6. Lives and Liberty (coauthored with William Ruddick) 7. Political Assassination Theories 8. The Legacy of Socrates 9. Nietzsche and the Objectivity of Morals 10. Two Arguments Against Ethical Egoism Bioethics 11. The Principle of Agency 12. Baby M 13. Ethical Theory and Bioethics Art 14. Movies Appendix: James Rachels' Curriculum Vitae Index

About the Author

James Rachels (1941-2003) was university professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He wrote The End of Life: Euthanasia and Morality, Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism, Can Ethics Provide Answers?, The Elements of Moral Philosophy (four editions), and Problems from Philosophy.Stuart Rachels is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama. A former U.S. Chess Champion and a Life Master at bridge, he wrote the fifth edition of The Elements of Moral Philosophy and edited the fourth edition of The Right Thing to Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy. His scholarly articles have appeared in numerous journals.


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