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Understanding Ethics
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Acknowledgments How to use this book Part A: What is Ethics? The Ethical Challenge Encountering Ethics Ethical Theory: an Overview Responsible Ethical Decisions Part B: What are the Issues? Truthtelling and Honesty Sex, Love and Morality Life and Death: Bioethical Issues War, Terrorism and Violence Public Responsibility and Political Ethics Ethics in Business and the Professions Environmental Ethics A Global Ethic for a Global Society Part C: Cultivating an Ethical Life Values Education Sustaining the Good Life Index

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Reviews of previous editions:Preston provides a superb introduction to moral reasoning in a world where old certainties have vanished. His comprehensive coverage of contemporary modes of ethical reasoning, written in an elegant, accessible style, makes a marvellous text for law students learning to reflect upon law and its limits. - Sandra Berns, Griffith University A book that aims to comprehend this difficult subject within an internally consistent framework. ... the work affords a thorough and wide-ranging discussion of ethical dilemmas encountered in the endeavour to answer fundamental questions about how our lives are to be thought of and lived. The author has presented the structure of the book in a format of essentially three sections, directed respectively to the nature of ethics, applied ethics and in its later chapters, to a wide variety of topics, of which matters of life and death, public responsibility, politics and the global environment are examples. These culminate in a perspective on 'cultivating an ethical life'. Throughout Dr Preston develops a benchmark which he calls 'an ethic of response' by which the philosophical and practical aspects, and thus the ethics of actions, may be evaluated. ... The book contains in its initial chapters a relatively brief but very useful description of various theories of ethics. This is augmented by a succinct glossary at the end of the volume. Each chapter concludes with a chapter review, a list of suggested further reading and, importantly, questions for discussion and case studies. ... - Frank Armer, Alternative Law Jounral Vol 27 No 1 Many issues and themes that arise for consideration in this book lie at the heart of contemporary legal analysis: issues such as individual liberty, protection from harm, the promulgation of a just society; issues of social justice as determined by the "common good" and "public interest'; general principles of justice and fairness; the protection of human rights; exploration of matters of integrity, truthfulness and honesty; appropriate boundary setting for state interevention in a liberal democractic society; the recognition and management of conflicts of interest; and broader perspectives on acting in ways that are consistent with the duties entrusted to persons in professional roles. Understanding Ethics ... would serve well as an introductory text or as a reader for either tertiary or secondary teachers who come to the study of ethics from outside the discipline. It would also find an appreciative audience simply with anyone who is interested in these broader philosophical or contemporty moral questions. The text is easy to read, well written and thoughtfully organised Understanding Ethics should be recommended reading for all legal graduates-in-training - Sally Kift, 2001 QUT Law and Justice Journal, 1(2) 317

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