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Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry


by Uk) Jonathan Wolff (university Of Oxford

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      Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry

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      Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry, second edition subjects important and controversial areas of public policy to philosophical scrutiny. Jonathan Wolff, a renowned philosopher and veteran of many public committees, introduces and assesses core problems and controversies in public policy from a philosophical standpoint. Each chapter focuses on an important area of public policy where there is considerable moral and political disagreement. Topics discussed include:

      - Can we defend inflicting suffering on animals in scientific experiments for human benefit?

      - What limits to gambling can be achieved through legislation?

      - What assumptions underlie drug policy? Can we justify punishing those who engage in actions that harm only themselves?

      - What is so bad about crime? What is the point of punishment?

      Other chapters discuss health care, disability, safety, and the free market. Throughout the book, fundamental questions for both philosopher and policy maker recur: what are the best methods for connecting philosophy and public policy? Should thinking about public policy be guided by an 'an ideal world' or the world we live in now? If there are 'knock down' arguments in philosophy why are there none in public policy?

      Revised throughout to reflect changes in policy and research, this second edition includes four new chapters, on risky new technologies, the future of work, poverty, and immigration.

      Each chapter concludes with 'Lessons for Philosophy' making this book not only an ideal introduction for those coming to philosophy, ethics, or public policy for the first time, but also a vital resource for anyone grappling with the moral complexity underlying policy debates.


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        August 2019

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        155 x 229 x 21 mm

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      • ISBN: 9780815356127

      • Publisher: Routledge

      • Release Date: August 2019

      • Weight: 486g

      • Dimensions: 155 x 229 x 21 mm

      • Eden Code: 5038788

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