Synopses & Reviews
The new commandments according to Rethinking Life and Death
--If you must take human life, take responsibility for the consequences of your decisions.
--All human life is not of equal worth; treat beings in accordance to the ethical situation at hand.
--Respect a person's desire to live or die.
A profound and provocative work, Rethinking Life and Death, in the tradition of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, examines the ethical dilemmas that confront us as we near the twenty-first century.
"Peter Singer . . . has probably has a larger popular readership than any professional philosopher since Bertrand Russell, and more success in effecting changes in acceptable behavior."—The New England Journal of Medicine
"Singer convincingly argues that [our traditional Western] definition [of death] is inadequate . . . he challenges the disjunction between our willingness to tolerate withdrawing means to sustain life and our rejection of measures . . . that would actively end it."—The New York Times Book Review
"Far from pointing a way out of today's moral dilemmas, Singer's book is a road map for driving down the darkest of moral blind alleys . . . Read it to remind yourself of the enormities of which putatively civilized beings are capable."—The Washington Post Book World
Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-246) and index.
About the Author
teaches at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. One of founding fathers of the Animal Rights Movement, he is the author of the bestselling Animal Liberation