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Singer and his critics
Jamieson, Dale.
Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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ix, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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B5704.S554 S56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is the first book devoted to the work of Peter Singer, one of the leaders of the practical ethics movement, and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

Author Notes

Dale Jamieson is Henry L. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College. He is the editor of Readings in Animal Cognition (1996) and Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy (1994). For nearly twenty years he taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has also held visiting positions at Cornell, Monash University in Australia, and Oxford University. He works primarily in environmental philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of biology and mind.

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This anthology brings together critical discussions of the work of Peter Singer by some of the foremost contemporary writers on ethics, including Richard Arneson, R.M. Hare, F.M. Kamm, and Colin McGinn. In the final section, Singer offers an extended reply to his critics. All the essays except Hare's are published here for the first time. The papers are divided about equally between discussions of Singer's work in normative and metaethics (in particular various aspects of his utilitarianism) and his work in applied ethics. Singer has written in a number of areas in applied ethics, but his most controversial work deals with the moral status of animals and the implications of his views on that issue for the moral status of various kinds of humans; the papers that address his applied ethics focus on those topics. The discussions, whether critical or sympathetic, are in the best tradition of philosophy; they are reasoned, they seek clarity, and they eschew straw man attacks and the polemical. Anyone interested in Singer's work will want access to this book, and given the importance, influence, and relevance of that work and the accessibility of most of these essays, this collection borders on being essential for any college or university library. Highly recommended at all levels. M. A. Michael; Austin Peay State University