Rethinking Life and Death PDF by Peter Singer
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Rethinking Life and Death PDF
–If you must take human life, take responsibility for the consequences of your decisions.
–All human life is not of equal worth; treat beings in accordance to the ethical situation at hand.
–Respect a person’s desire to live or die.
A profound and provocative work, Rethinking Life and Death, in the tradition of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, examines the ethical dilemmas that confront us as we near the twenty-first century.
“Peter Singer . . . has probably has a larger popular readership than any professional philosopher since Bertrand Russell, and more success in effecting changes in acceptable behavior.” ―The New England Journal of Medicine
“Singer convincingly argues that [our traditional Western] definition [of death] is inadequate . . . he challenges the disjunction between our willingness to tolerate withdrawing means to sustain life and our rejection of measures . . . that would actively end it.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Far from pointing a way out of today’s moral dilemmas, Singer’s book is a road map for driving down the darkest of moral blind alleys . . . Read it to remind yourself of the enormities of which putatively civilized beings are capable.” ―The Washington Post Book World
Review – Rethinking Life and Death PDF
I never would have thought that I would come across a work of non-fiction that I couldn’t put down, but here it is!
Fascinating and thought provoking, in Rethinking Life and Death, Singer shows how and why the western world has already started moving away from the Judeo-Christian sanctity of human life ethic. He sites the emphasis on ‘brain death’ and the acceptance of Galileo’s discovery that we (humans) are not the center of the universe as the beginnings of the break down of this ethical system. Rethinking Life and Death PDF
Singer reports where many western nations currently fall both legally and in mainstream medical practice with regard to controversial topics including abortion, infanticide, stem cell research, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. Furthermore, Singer uses well-reasoned logical arguments to show why these current interpretations of the sanctity of human life ethic are unsustainable.
In the last section of this book, Singer presents a working model for a new quality of life ethic and effortlessly shows how they would apply to situations in which our traditional ethic yields unsatisfactory results. Additionally, Singer shows the practical and moral justification for his most controversial stance – acceptance of infanticide.
One thing I really thought was magnificent about this book is that, while Singer obviously supports a shift to whole-hearted acceptance of a quality of life ethic, he doesn’t insist that as a reader you agree with him. Singer leaves perfectly open the door of maintaining a sanctity of (all) life ethic; he just makes sure the reader understands the consequences of such an ethic in its pure and unadulterated form. Rethinking Life and Death PDF
Once again, I have to compliment Singer on his amazing writing style. This book really reads more like a novel than a work of non-fiction. At the end of each section I was left on the edge of my seat, wondering what Singer would bring up next! Needless to say, I was never disappointed. Singer has wonderful wit and is equally critical of all sides of the argument. He also includes many telling narratives that make Rethinking Life and Death both entertaining and truly enlightening.
It is in no way surprising that many religious types will condemn this book. After reading Rethinking Life and Death, there is only one reasonable conclusion that one can come to: the Judeo-Christian sanctity of human life ethic is logically and morally indefensible. As individuals we can certainly choose to put our heads in the sand and ignore the problem, but as Singer states, “The question is not whether [the Judeo-Christian sanctity of human life ethic] will be replaced, but what the shape of its successor will be.”
Detail about Rethinking Life and Death PDF by Peter Singer
- Name: Rethinking Life and Death
- Author: Peter Singer
- ISBN: 0312144016
- Language: English
- Genre: Ethics, Medical Ethics,
- Format: PDF
- Size: 5
- Page: 272
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About the Author
Peter Singer teaches at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. One of founding fathers of the Animal Rights Movement, he is the author of the bestselling Animal Liberation.