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Ethics in the Real World
Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter | Peter Singer
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Peter Singer is often described as the worlds most influential philosopher. He is also one of its most controversial. The author of important books such as Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, and The Life You Can Save, he helped launch the animal rights and effective altruism movements and contributed to the development of bioethics. Now, in Ethics in the Real World, Singer shows that he is also a master at dissecting important current events in a few hundred words. In this book of brief essays, he applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme poverty, animals, abortion, euthanasia, human genetic selection, sports doping, the sale of kidneys, the ethics of high-priced art, and ways of increasing happiness. Singer asks whether chimpanzees are people, smoking should be outlawed, or consensual sex between adult siblings should be decriminalized, and he reiterates his case against the idea that all human life is sacred, applying his arguments to some recent cases in the news. In addition, he explores, in an easily accessible form, some of the deepest philosophical questions, such as whether anything really matters and what is the value of the pale blue dot that is our planet. The collection also includes some more personal reflections, like Singers thoughts on one of his favorite activities, surfing, and an unusual suggestion for starting a family conversation over a holiday feast. Provocative and original, these essays will challengeand possibly changeyour beliefs about a wide range of real-world ethical questions.
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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Excellent. So many topics covered and so accessibly written. Many moments of deep thought.

JennyM Sounds great! 2y
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danx
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After reading the entirety of the 33 1/3 'Rid of Me' on a flight out I found myself in the airport needing a book for my return flight. While I sometimes struggle with Peter Singer I do like other people's reasoned opinion. And for a flight a book of 2-3 page essays was appealing.

I enjoyed it. Some opinion I disagreed with but it got the brain going. I found learning about various events in the debates on Euthenasia especially interesting.

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jdtchicago

If we could see our lives objectively, we could see that they are not something we should inflict on anyone.

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Words do have consequences, and what one generation says but does not really believe, the next generation may believe, and even act upon.

charissharpe Very true! 2y
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jdtchicago

For nomadic societies, there was no point in owning anything that one could not carry, but once humans settled down and developed a system of money, that limit to acquisition disappeared.

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If we think that democracy is a good thing, then we must believe that the public should know as much as possible about what the government it elects is doing. Snowden has said that he made the disclosures because “the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong."

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We need to get over our reluctance to speak openly about the good we do. Silent giving will not change a culture that deems it sensible to spend all your money on yourself and your family, rather than to help those in greater need—even though helping others is likely to bring more fulfillment in the long run.

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Since 1988, Iran has had a government-funded, regulated system for purchasing kidneys.

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Worldwide, the poor leave a very small carbon footprint, but they will suffer the most from climate change.

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... those who have enough to spend on luxuries, yet fail to share even a tiny fraction of their income with the poor, must bear some responsibility for the deaths they could have prevented.

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Cutting out meat would do more to help combat climate change than any other action we could feasibly take in the next 20 years.

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Aristogama

Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue.

#PeterSinger #Ethics #Philosophy

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8little_paws
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I listened to this as an audiobook through Hoopla Digital. it's a collection of essays, almost all previously published, on all matter of ethical considerations affecting people today. If you're familiar with the author and have been reading his columns, skip it, but if not, this was a fun and interesting introduction to philosophy. The short essay format makes it great to listen to as you can put it down and pick it up easily.

WanderingBookaneer I love Peter Singer. 3y
8little_paws @WanderingBookaneer I wasn't familiar with him before this but I really enjoyed these brief essays. 3y
WanderingBookaneer I've read Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, and, my favorite—because it makes you feel like 💩— 3y
8little_paws @WanderingBookaneer he talks a lot about the life you can save quite a bit in his essays! 3y
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8little_paws
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No print reading here this week....I have to finish up my holiday knitting! Thank goodness for audio.

B.Reader What are you making?? 3y
SaturnDoo I am a crocheter and I didn't have time to make anything this year 👎👎👎Your knitting project looks really nice ☺ 3y
8little_paws @B.Reader it's a scarf! 3y
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Jinjer Oooo that looks soft & cozy! 3y
tpixie Pretty color! Good job!! 3y
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8little_paws
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So these little essays are pretty interesting so far....

BookishFeminist This looks good! 3y
HardcoverHearts His book "Animal Liberation" + hearing the Smiths' Meat is Murder led me to vegetarianism when I was 15. It was a powerful reading experience. 3y
8little_paws Hoopla is on 🔥🔥 lately 3y
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