This single-authored, brief text explores the moral dilemmas in our lives from a philosophical point of view. Society is deeply divided on the matters of life and death discussed in this book: the sanctity of life versus the quality of life; the meaning of death and dying; suicide; euthanasia; abortion; artificial procreation such as in vitro fertilization and cloning; the death penalty; animal rights; world hunger; and war.
Gives students philosophical tools to think clearly about divisive moral issues faced today. Early chapters introduce moral theory, ethical relativism and objectivism, and classical ethical theories to provide a framework for understanding moral issues. Later chapters explore specific moral issues, such as cloning, suicide, abortion, the death penalty, and animal rights. This second edition contains four new chapters. Can be used as a stand-alone text, or with an anthology by the author. The author teaches philosophy at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)