Every day the news shows us provoking stories about what's going on in the world, about events which raise moral questions and problems. In Philosophers Take On the World a team of philosophers get to grips with a variety of these controversial issues, from the amusing to the shocking, in short, engaging, often controversial pieces. Covering topics from guns to abortion, the morality of drinking alone, hating a sports team, and being rude to cold callers, the essays will make you think again about the judgements we make on a daily basis and the ways in which we choose to conduct our lives. Philosophers Take On the World is based on the blog run by the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, one of the world's leading centres for applied ethics.
David Edmonds is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford's Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is also an award winning documentary maker for BBC radio. He is the author co-author or editor of 10 books which have been translated into 25 languages. They include, with John Eidinow, the international bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker. His latest book, Would You Kill the Fat Man was picked as Editor's Choice in the New York Times. With Nigel Warburton he co-runs Philosophy Bites (www.philosophybites.com ), the popular philosophy podcast which has had over 29 million downloads.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT; TERRORISM, GUNS, AND WAR; HEALTH AND MEDICINE; DRUGS AND ORGANS; RELIGION AND CHARITY; SEX, SEX-EQUALITY AND SEXUALITY; SPORT; BRAINS; LANGUAGE, SPEECH AND FREEDOM; EVIL, DISGUST, SHAME, RUDENESS, AND JOY; ANIMALS; THE FUTURE AND ITS PEOPLE