Rethinking Life and Death The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics

Peter Singer

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

272 Pages



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In Rethinking Life and Death, Peter Singer, a world-renowned philosopher, examines the ethical dilemmas that confront us on regular basis. Singer claims that "the traditional western ethic has collasped"; thus, he presents a thoughtful reassessment of the meaning of life and death, and offers "a practical solution to problems we now find insoluble, and allow us to act compassionately and humanely, where our ethic now leads us to outcomes that nobody wants."


Praise for Rethinking Life and Death

"Brilliantly debunks old concepts and introduces honesty to modern ethics. Rethinking Life and Death is a blast of fresh thinking that will attract great controversy and debate."—Derek Humphry, author of Final Exit

"Peter Singer . . . has probably has a larger popular readership than any professional philosopher since Bertrand Russell, and more success in effecting changes in acceptable behavior."—The New England Journal of Medicine

"Singer convincingly argues that [our traditional Western] definition [of death] is inadequate . . . he challenges the disjunction between our willingness to tolerate withdrawing means to sustain life and our rejection of measures . . . that would actively end it."—The New York Times Book Review

"Far from pointing a way out of today's moral dilemmas, Singer's book is a road map for driving down the darkest of moral blind alleys . . . Read it to remind yourself of the enormities of which putatively civilized beings are capable."—The Washington Post Book World

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  • Peter Singer

  • Peter Singer teaches at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. One of founding fathers of the Animal Rights Movement, he is the author of the bestselling Animal Liberation.