Practical Ethics

For thirty years, Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics has been the classic introduction to applied ethics. For this third edition, the author has revised and updated all the chapters and added a new chapter addressing climate change, one of the most important ethical challenges of our generation. Some of the questions discussed in this book concern…

The Why of Things

Why was there a meltdown at the Fukushima power plant? Why do some people get cancer and not others? Why is global warming happening? Why does one person get depressed in the face of life’s vicissitudes while another finds resilience? Questions like these—questions of causality—form the basis of modern scientific inquiry, posing profound intellectual and…

The Wild and the Wicked

**A brief foray into a moral thicket, exploring why we should protect nature despite tsunamis, malaria, bird flu, cancer, killer asteroids, and tofu.**Most of us think that in order to be environmentalists, we have to love nature. Essentially, we should be tree huggers–embracing majestic redwoods, mighty oaks, graceful birches, etc. We ought to eat granola,…

Against Democracy

Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And they believe that political participation is good for us–it empowers us, helps us get what we want, and tends to make us smarter, more virtuous, and more caring for one…

The Wild and the Wicked

**A brief foray into a moral thicket, exploring why we should protect nature despite tsunamis, malaria, bird flu, cancer, killer asteroids, and tofu.**Most of us think that in order to be environmentalists, we have to love nature. Essentially, we should be tree huggers–embracing majestic redwoods, mighty oaks, graceful birches, etc. We ought to eat granola,…

Practical Ethics

For thirty years, Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics has been the classic introduction to applied ethics. For this third edition, the author has revised and updated all the chapters and added a new chapter addressing climate change, one of the most important ethical challenges of our generation. Some of the questions discussed in this book concern…