Access to Religion and Philosophy: Issues of Life and Death (Access to Politics 2nd Revised edition)
By: Michael Wilcockson (author)Paperback
Each book in the Access to Religion and Philosophy series provides a concise and readable introduction to a key area in religious studies and philosophy for A Level students. The second edition of 'Issues of Life and Death' has been updated in line with the revised 2008 A level specification requirements. It considers the ethical implications of crucial issues in applied ethics including suicide, euthanasia, war and peace. The new edition combines all the strengths of the first edition with a new design and features to make the content more accessible to all students in order to develop their understanding of the topic. New features include: - Key questions throughout the chapters to help students focus on the key issues - Key terms defined and explained throughout the chapters - Profiles of key individuals - their contribution and significance - More summary diagrams throughout to aid revision - Revision checklists at the end of chapters - New exam-style questions and tips at the end of each chapter.
Michael Wilcockson is an experienced author, examiner and teacher.
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
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