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How do we know the difference between right and wrong? How can we make decisions about issues from germ-line genetic engineering to the regulation of banking, from nuclear power to ethnic bioweapons, from end-of-life care to global warming? What does it mean to live a good life?
Ethics Matters introduces students and general readers to the business of making moral decisions, engaging them in meaningful dialogue and inspiring them to find out more. Beginning with a discussion of the question of truth in Ethics, Peter and Charlotte Vardy outline and evaluate major approaches to doing ethics from Natural Law and Virtue Ethics to Situation Ethics and Postmodernism, considering how these might inform decision making in today's world.
Ethics Matters places the latest scholarship in context, clarifying how it relates to today's biggest challenges, without in any sense 'dumbing down'. The style is engaging and accessible; good use is made of examples from film, literature and current affairs to shine a light on the fundamental philosophic questions which underpin practical dilemmas.
Peter Vardy was Vice-Principal of Heythrop College, University of London, from 1999-2011. He lectures extensively to teachers and students around the world and his bestselling books are a fixture on reading lists, known for being accessible and entertaining without oversimplifying complex material.
Charlotte Vardy is an experienced secondary-school teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies and tutored at the University of London for seven years. She currently speaks at teacher-training and student events around the world and works as a consultant for charities and educational organizations.
Ethics Matters by Peter Vardy; Charlotte Vardy was published by Scm Press in September 2012 and is our 36335th best seller. The ISBN for Ethics Matters is 9780334043911.
Discerning the difference between right and wrong is rarely clear cut - especially if one is at the heart of the issue in question. Ethics Matters is a hugely valuable contribution to the minefield that is ethics in today's complex world. It will prove of enormous practical help to teachers, clergy and students, but not exclusively so. This is a book that many will enjoy and benefit from reading.
In the first two parts of the book, the Vardys consider Meta-Ethics and Normative Ethics, surveying the broad variety of approaches that philosophers have explored from Plato onwards. Their ideas are presented in a clear and engaging way, a refreshing change for those of us who remember the stultifying trek through original sources at university. In the third section of the book, the Vardys turn their attention to applied ethics and consider the application of philosophical approaches to a variety of contemporary debates.
One such debate is euthanasia. The authors begin with a clear summary of the various categories of euthanasia and then reflect on the contemporary debate along the continuum from prohibition to acceptance in the light of natural law, proportionalism, situation ethics, Kantianism and Utilitarianism.
Ethics reveals our attitudes to life, but also to death and the relationship we perceive to exist between our physical life and the possibility of life to come. Peter and Charlotte Vardy approach all these issues with a balanced openness (posing questions rather than presenting dogma) that encourages the reader to think for themselves.
This is an excellent book which, with the accompanying website resource - is highly recommended.
'For anyone wishing to wrestle with the key ethical issues of the 21st Century, 'Ethics Matters' is required reading.' Esmond Lee, Head of Religious Studies, Trinity School Croydon'.
'An enlightening guide to those moral questions that don't go away. It should go to every politician, civil servant, teacher and bishop; not to mention the rest of thoughtful humanity!' Dr Kenneth Wolfe, Director, London Society for the Study of Religion.
'The best introduction to ethics textbook at A Level bar none...' Philippe Mathieu, Head of Divinity, The Leys School, Cambridge.
'Wow! I wish I could lock myself away for a few weeks and really do justice to the book. It makes me hope to win the lotto and go off and study philosophy without the cares of the "job"!' Helen Smith, St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, Sydney.
|Author / Artist||Peter Vardy; Charlotte Vardy|
|Publisher||Scm Press (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||16th March 2018|