This book is not a conventional reader in moral philosophy. To capture the essentials of what we know about the origins and nature of ethics, Peter Singer has drawn on anthropology, history, observation of non-human animals, the theory of evolution, game theory, and works of fiction, in addition to moral philosophy. By choosing some of the finest pieces of writing, old and new, in and about ethics, he conveys the intellectual excitement of the search for basic questions about how we ought to live.
Peter Singer is Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Victoria. He has made numerous TV appearances talking about ethics and animal rights; he is general editor of `Studies in Bioethics' (OUP); extremely well known in Australia and a big name in ethics throughout the world.
INTRODUCTION PART 1: THE NATURE OF ETHICS: ITS ORIGINS,VARIATIONS, AND BASIS; A. THE LONG SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINS OF ETHICS; B. COMMON THEMES IN PRIMATE ETHICS; C. THE ROLE OF REASON; PART II: THE CONTENT OF ETHICS: JUDGING GOOD OUTCOMES AND RIGHTS ACTS; A. ULTIMATE GOD; B. DECIDING WHAT IS RIGHT