This anthology examines 11 key issues dealing with the beginning and end of life, and presents a balanced set of 67 classic and contemporary readings on each of them. It is unique in its coverage of applied ethics, medical topics, and broad theoretical considerations of issues of life and death-the sanctity of life versus the quality of life, and the meaning of life and death. The section on Ethical Theory covers the classic theories as well as ethical relativism to orient students to the nature and importance of ethics. The section on the sanctity of life versus the quality of life examines a vital but often neglected issue in moral philosophy. Introductions and study questions accompany each major reading.
A collection of readings on issues related to life and death, the sanctity of life versus the quality of life, and the meaning of life and death. A pro-con format helps to clarify opposing points of view, and introductions and study questions for each reading give further insight and direction. This second edition contains a new section on human cloning, and nine new articles focusing on abortion, suicide, and euthanasia. Lacks a subject index. The editor teaches philosophy at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)