Ethics for Disaster addresses the moral aspects of the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. The book explores how these catastrophes illuminate the existing inequalities in society, combining a unique philosophical approach with new moral thinking. Zack stresses the obligation of both individuals and government in preparing for and responding to dangerous times, forcefully arguing for the preservation of normal moral principles even in times of crisis and national emergency.
Naomi Zack is professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. She has authored several books, including Inclusive Feminism and Thinking About Race.
Chapter 1: Disaster Planning: Is Saving the Greatest Number best? Chapter 2: Lifeboat Ethics: Should We Blow up the Fat Man? Chapter 3: Virtues for Disaster: Mitch Rapp and Ernest Shakleton Chapter 4: The Social Contract: Hobbes, Locke, and Art Spiegelman Chapter 5: Public Policy: Snakes on a Plane, Fire in the Pentagon, and Disaster Rights Chapter 6: The Disadvantaged in Disaster: Hurricane Katrina Conclusion: A Code of Ethics for Disaster, Its Implications, and the Water Crisis Postscript: Moral vs. Monetary Values of Human Life