A Companion to Ethics

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In this volume, some of today's most distinguished philosophers survey the whole field of ethics, from its origins, through the great ethical traditions, to theories of how we ought to live, arguments about specific ethical issues, and the nature of ethics itself. The book can be read straight through from beginning to end; yet the inclusion of a multi-layered index, coupled with a descriptive outline of contents and bibliographies of relevant literature, means that the volume also serves as a work of reference, both for those coming afresh to the study of ethics and for readers already familiar with the subject.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 20, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631187855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631187851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on December 30, 2014
By Kyle
needed for class

Makes great paper weight/ torture device

 on December 11, 2013
By S. Davies
This was the worst book I was ever tortured into buy for school. It has nothing to do with the book, I just hate philosophy

A Companion to Ethics (1st Edition) by Peter Singer (Editor)

 on June 13, 2013
By Christian T. K.-H. Stadtlander, Ph.D.
A Companion to Ethics by Peter Singer is exactly what the title promises: it invites the reader to take a fascinating journey around the world of ethics. The book is part of the Blackwell Companions to Philosophy series and is divided into seven parts containing a total of 47 chapters, each written by authorities in fields such as philosophy, theology, history, anthropology, sociology, and education.

Comprehensive and Informative Essays for Students at All Levels

 on February 15, 2016
By Thomas Llewellyn
Companions are great tools for one to go from novice to well-informed student . This volume is one of the best–expertly written and comprehensive in scope. It of course covers the mandatory topics such as metaethics and ethical theory. But its several historical essays add a breath of coverage not usually found in introductory texts. Who can profit from these readings? Any course on ethics, introductory or even graduate, will find much of value here. And the intelligent general reader will find this a real delight. Highly recommended for anyone interested in ethics and striving to advance his learning.

Great introduction, some defects

39 people found this helpful.
 on March 10, 2001
By Eric Breitenstein
I found this book to be a great introduction to all aspects of ethics. It leaves no area untouched: everything from Buddhist ethics to deontology, consequentialism, virtue theory, the nature of morality, and much much more is covered here. Indeed, I would say that anyone who wants a survey of this area of philosophy need look no further.

Great Overview of Normative Ethics

8 people found this helpful.
 on September 2, 2008
By Dr. D. E. McClean
I have used this text to teach ethics several times, and I will continue to do so. It has concise and clear articles by leading philosophers on a wide range of subjects, from the evolution and anthropology of ethics, to the various ethical theories, to meta-ethics and topics in ethics. Not only do I use it to teach, I use it as a quick handbook and reference when I need to refresh myself about specific arguments and ideas in ethics.

My review is a single-sentence one.

18 people found this helpful.
 on March 10, 1999
The selection of the articles in this book is excellent: not too deep in any of the subjects and gives a wide range overlook on the field of ethics, I read it with eas and joy.

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