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Applied Ethics and Social Problems: Moral Questions of Birth, Society and Death

Applied Ethics and Social Problems: Moral Questions of Birth, Society and Death (Hardback)

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Designed to address practical questions, applied ethics is one of the most exciting areas in contemporary philosophy. Yet the relevance of ethical theories to social policy has been under-explored. Until now. In "Applied Ethics and Social Problems" Tony Fitzpatrick presents introductions to the three most influential moral philosophies: Consequentialism, Kantianism and Virtue Ethics. He then relates these to some of the most urgent questions in contemporary public debates about the future of welfare services.These include: Taxing unhealthy habits; drug legalisation; parental choice in education; abortion; euthanasia; and, migration and cultural diversity. In each case he asks a perennial question: what are the legitimate boundaries of state action and individual liberty? Never before has there been such a rigorous overview of the topic offered to social policy students, academics and professionals, as well as those interested in public policy, politics and social science. A user-friendly intervention into these key debates, "Applied Ethics and Social Problems" will set the agenda for years to come.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryEthics & moral philosophyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processes Publisher: Policy Press Publication Date: 04/06/2008 ISBN-13: 9781861348609  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Tony Fitzpatrick is a Reader at the University of Nottingham. His recent publications include After the New Social Democracy (2003), New Theories of Welfare (2005) and he was the principal editor of the 3-volume International Encyclopaedia of Social Policy (2006).

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