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    Ethics for A-Level

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    Mark Dimmock, Torquay Boys' Grammar School

    Andrew Fisher, University of Nottingham

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    ISBN 13: 9781783743902

    Publisher: Open Book Publishers

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Chandrika Shah, Adjunct, Bunker Hill Community College on 5/27/20

    The book covers major Western Philosophers, completely ignores the Feminists philosophers. I do understand that every author has to select, but in today's world not including Feminism, is a must. read more

    Reviewed by Lisa Kemmerer, professor, TRAILS on 12/10/19

    It is always difficult to decide which topics will become a focus for applied ethics. This book, apparently written by two men, largely ignores feminist ethics, and in the applied ethics section, moral issues that are likely to be of more concern... read more

    Reviewed by Laurie Johansen, Professor, MnSCU on 10/11/18

    This text will be a great supplemental resource while introducing ethics to nursing students. The four major ethical theories covered in the text are appropriate to the profession of nursing. I really appreciate the "problems' sections - very... read more

    Reviewed by Ivan Guajardo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy , Virginia Western Community College on 3/27/18

    This textbook is tailored to AQA Philosophy and OCR Religious studies, yet it is comprehensive enough to be easily adapted to introductory surveys in Ethics. It contains a helpful introduction to the field of ethics, discusses some standard... read more

    Reviewed by Sarah Kath, Philosophy Instructor, Central Lakes College on 2/1/18

    The approach taken in this text, while specific to the AQA philosophy and OCR religious programs, would work quite well with lower level/introductory ethics students, who have no background in philosophy. However, the book covers only 4 major... read more

    Table of Contents



    Part I Normative Ethics

    • Chapter 1 Utilitarianism
    • Chapter 2 Kantian ethics
    • Chapter 3 Aristotelian virtue ethics
    • Chapter 4 Aquinas's natural law theory
    • Chapter 5 Fletcher's situation ethics

    Part II Metaethics

    • Chapter 6 Metaethical theories

    Part III Applied Ethics

    • Chapter 7 Euthanasia
    • Chapter 8 Business ethics
    • Chapter 9 Conscience
    • Chapter 10 Sexual ethics
    • Chapter 11 Stealing
    • Chapter 12 Simulated killing
    • Chapter 13 Telling lies
    • Chapter 14 Eating animals

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    About the Book

    What does pleasure have to do with morality? What role, if any, should intuition have in the formation of moral theory? If something is ‘simulated', can it be immoral?

    This accessible and wide-ranging textbook explores these questions and many more. Key ideas in the fields of normative ethics, metaethics and applied ethics are explained rigorously and systematically, with a vivid writing style that enlivens the topics with energy and wit. Individual theories are discussed in detail in the first part of the book, before these positions are applied to a wide range of contemporary situations including business ethics, sexual ethics, and the acceptability of eating animals. A wealth of real-life examples, set out with depth and care, illuminate the complexities of different ethical approaches while conveying their modern-day relevance.

    This concise and highly engaging resource is tailored to the Ethics components of AQA Philosophy and OCR Religious Studies, with a clear and practical layout that includes end-of-chapter summaries, key terms, and common mistakes to avoid. It should also be of practical use for those teaching Philosophy as part of the International Baccalaureate.

    Ethics for A-Level is of particular value to students and teachers, but Fisher and Dimmock's precise and scholarly approach will appeal to anyone seeking a rigorous and lively introduction to the challenging subject of ethics.

    About the Contributors


    Mark Dimmock graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, defending the theories of Moral Error Theory and Moral Abolitionism. He now works as a Philosophy Teacher at Torquay Boys' Grammar School.

    Andrew Fisher is Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and has been lecturing philosophy for fifteen years. He has published in metaethics, philosophy of education, philosophy of sport, philosophy of religion, philosophy for children and how to use technology in teaching. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches philosophy to local primary school children.

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