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James Rachels is University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism, The End of Life: Euthanasia and Morality, and The Elements of Moral Philosophy.
Chapter 1 Moral Philosophy as a Subversive Activity
Chapter 2 Can Ethics Provide Answers?
Chapter 3 John Dewey and the Truth about Ethics
Chapter 4 Active and Passive Euthanasia
Chapter 5 Killing, Letting Die, and the Value of Life
Chapter 6 Do Animals Have Rights?
Chapter 7 The Moral Argument for Vegetarianism
Chapter 8 God and Moral Autonomy
Chapter 9 Lying and the Ethics of Absolute Rules
Chapter 10 Why Privacy Is Important
Chapter 11 Reflections on the Idea of Equality
Chapter 12 What People Deserve
Chapter 13 Coping with Prejudice
Chapter 14 Morality, Parents, and Children
Chapter 15 When Philosophers Shoot from the Hip
...An excellent collection of articles...Rachels is among the very best applied ethicists around...In a prose style that makes the volume both very accessible and enormously readable, Rachels carefully presents and sifts arguments in the best philosophical manner.
— R.G. Frey, Bowling Green State University
From now on we should disregard whatever columnists and commentators say about ethical issues, if they have not read Can Ethics Provide Answers? Whether or not Rachels' readers agree with his conclusions, in his clear and reasoned essays they have before them a model of how we should discuss questions in ethics.
— Peter Singer, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University, Australia
As one would expect from Rachels, the essays are clear, thoughtful, engaging, and well argued.
— John Lemos, Coe College; APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy
The essays are always stimulating, highly insightful, and unwaveringly clear. Good reading for philosophers and for students.
— Hugh LaFollette, University of Stirling