God, the Good, and Utilitarianism: Perspectives on Peter Singer

God, the Good, and Utilitarianism: Perspectives on Peter Singer

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Cambridge University Press, 2/6/2014
EAN 9781107050754, ISBN10: 1107050758

Hardcover, 232 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Is ethics about happiness? Aristotle thought so and for centuries Christians agreed, until utilitarianism raised worries about where this would lead. In this volume, Peter Singer, leading utilitarian philosopher and controversial defender of infanticide and euthanasia, addresses this question in conversation with Christian ethicists and secular utilitarians. Their engagement reveals surprising points of agreement and difference on questions of moral theory, the history of ethics, and current issues such as climate change, abortion, poverty and animal rights. The volume explores the advantages and pitfalls of basing morality on happiness; if ethics is teleological, is its proper aim the subjective satisfaction of preferences? Or is human flourishing found in objective goods: friendship, intellectual curiosity, meaningful labour? This volume provides a timely review of how utilitarians and Christians conceive of the good, and will be of great interest to those studying religious ethics, philosophy of religion and applied ethics.

Introduction John Perry
Part I. Framing the Debate
1. Where did utilitarianism come from? John Perry
2. Engaging with Christianity Peter Singer
3. Engaging with Peter Singer Charles C. Camosy
Part II. Theoretical Issues
4. Morality, happiness, and Peter Singer John Hare
5. Moral reason, community belonging, and global justice Lisa Sowle Cahill
6. Acts or rules? The fine-tuning of utilitarianism Brad Hooker
Part III. Practical Issues
7. What is good for the distant future? The challenge of climate change for utilitarianism Tim Mulgan
8. How to respect other animals
lessons for theology from Peter Singer and vice versa David Clough
9. Global poverty and the demands of morality Toby Ord
10. Remember the poor
duties, dilemmas, and vocation Eric Gregory.