Ethics for Disaster (Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy)

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Ethics for Disaster addresses the moral aspects of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, plane crashes, Avian Flu pandemics, and other disasters. Naomi Zack explores how these catastrophes illuminate the existing inequalities in society. By employing the moral systems of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics to analyze the consequences of recent natural disasters, Zack reveals the special plight of the poor, disabled, and infirm when tragedy strikes. Zack explores the political foundations of social contract theory and dignitarianism and invites readers to rethink the distinction between risk in normal times and risk in disaster. Using both real life and fictional examples, Zack forcefully argues for the preservation of normal moral principles in times of national crisis and emergency, stressing the moral obligation of both individuals and government in preparing for and responding to disaster..

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742564959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742564954
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Excellent book if you’re interested in ethical perspectives

 on April 5, 2014
By Dr. Trish
If you want to have a deeper understanding of disaster as a practice discipline and some of the philosophical/ethical elements surrounding it, get this book. As a colleague of mine said, good ethics drives good practice. If you want to be the best practitioner, you need to have an idea of the ethics behind what you’re doing. This isn’t something I’m just sitting behind a desk theorizing about– studying ethics has made me a better, more reflective practitioner.

Four Stars

 on September 14, 2016
By M. John
Arrived as described

Five Stars

 on March 1, 2016
By Ron Bowman
Very informative

Five Stars

 on September 21, 2014
By aatkmail
Well written book.

This is the best book available about ethics, homeland security and emergency management

 on May 23, 2014
By Wagoner
This accessible book is written to be read by students and practitioners. It is clear, comprehensive, and provocative. The book identifies issues and perspectives that should be discussed before a disaster strikes. It is not a how-to manual. It is wide ranging introduction to ethical foundations and perspectives.

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