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Genetic Ethics: An Introduction

Genetic Ethics: An Introduction

Colin Farrelly

$37.95
Advances in biomedical sciences have the potential to help societies achieve important moral goals, including equality of opportunity, reproductive freedom, healthy aging, and the prevention and treatment of disease. However, technological progressions such as genetic screening, gene therapy and genome editing also raise a host of ethical questions. Is the idea of 'genetically engineering' humans a morally objectionable form of 'eugenics'? Should parents undergoing IVF be permitted to screen embryos for the sex of their offspring prior to implantation? Would it be ethical to alter the rate at which humans age, when doing so would increase the number of years we can expect to live on a warming planet with a population exceeding seven billion people?

Genetic Ethics: An Introduction addresses these and other pressing concerns. Colin Farrelly encourages readers to think rationally and cogently about the ethical and societal challenges raised by the 'genetic revolution'. The chapters include discussions of eugenics, infectious and chronic disease, evolutionary biology, epigenetics, happiness, reproductive freedom and longevity. Farrelly deftly weaves together the work of philosophers such as Habermas, Sandel, Savulescu and others, whilst also offering an original and engaging moral analysis.

Accessible in tone and compellingly argued, this book is an ideal introduction for students of bioethics, applied ethics, biomedical sciences, and related courses in philosophy and life sciences.
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Evil Online

Evil Online

Dean Cocking ,  Jeroen van den Hoven

$33.95
"I am delighted to offer my highest praise to Dean Cocking and Jeroen van den Hoven's brilliant new book, Evil Online. The confrontation between good and evil occupies a central place in the challenges facing our human nature, and this creative investigation into the spread of evil by means of all-powerful new technologies raises fundamental questions about our morality and values. Cocking and Van den Hoven's account of the moral fog of evil forces us to face both the demons within each of us as well as the demons all around us. In the end, we are all enriched by their perceptive analyses." Phil Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University Principal Investigator, Stanford Prison Experiment

"The internet offers new and deeply concerning opportunities for immorality, much of it shocking and extreme. This volume explains with great insight and clarity the corrupting nature of the internet and the moral confusion it has produced. It will play a vital role in the growing debate about how to balance the benefits of the internet against the risks it poses to all of us. Evil Online is an excellent book."
Roger Crisp, Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford

We now live in an era defined by the ubiquity of the internet. From our everyday engagement with social media to trolls on forums and the emergence of the dark web, the internet is a space characterized by unreality, isolation, anonymity, objectification, and rampant self-obsession - the perfect breeding ground for new, unprecedented manifestations of evil. Evil Online is the first comprehensive analysis of evil and moral character in relation to our increasingly online lives.

Chapters consider traditional ideas around the phenomenon of evil in moral philosophy and explore how the dawn of the internet has presented unprecedented challenges to older theoretical approaches. Cocking and Van den Hoven propose that a growing sense of moral confusion - moral fog - pushes otherwise ordinary, normal people toward evildoing, and that values basic to moral life such as autonomy, intimacy, trust, and privacy are put at risk by online platforms and new technologies. This new theory of evildoing offers fresh insight into the moral character of the individual, and opens the way for a burgeoning new area of social thought.

A comprehensive analysis of an emerging and disturbing social phenomenon, Evil Online examines the morally troubling aspects of the internet in our society. Written not only for academics in the fields of philosophy, psychology, information science, and social science, Evil Online is accessible and compelling reading for anyone interested in understanding the emergence of evil in our digitally-dominated world.
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Philosophy: 50 ideas in 500 words

Philosophy: 50 ideas in 500 words

Jeremy Stangroom

$19.99
Philosophy : 50 in 500 unravels its most central concepts through five tightly focused chapters. From metaphysics to modern economic theories, from grou ndbreaking advances inspired in psychology to its relationship with postmodernist theory, this book examines the greatest ide as from the greatest thinkers humankind has ever known . Arguments on topics as diverse as the right s of man and the origins of the species, and the existence of God and the concept of the Ego , are considered in this book which combines history with contemporary culture in a celebration of the most important thoughts on life, libert y and the pursuit of happiness .

Because t he book is presented chronologically , readers can gain a distinct sense of the historical development of philosophy, with features o n everything from epistemology and metaphysics to feminism, psychoanalysis and postmodernism.
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Atheism

Atheism

Jeff Love

$62.00
One of the twentieth century's most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Alexandre Kojeve was a Russian emigre to France whose lectures on Hegel in the 1930s galvanized a generation of French intellectuals. Although Kojeve wrote a great deal, he published very little in his lifetime, and so the ongoing rediscovery of his work continues to present new challenges to philosophy and political theory. Written in 1931 but left unfinished, Atheism is an erudite and open-ended exploration of profound questions of estrangement, death, suicide, and the infinite that demonstrates the range and the provocative power of Kojeve's thought.
 
In a highly original account of the radical implications of theism and atheism that ranges across Heidegger, Buddhism, Christianity, Marxism, German idealism, Russian literature, and quantum physics, Kojeve advances a novel argument about freedom and authority. He investigates the possibility that there is not any vantage point or source of authority - including philosophy, science, or God - that is outside or beyond politics and the world as we experience it. The question becomes whether atheism - or theism - is even a meaningful position since both affirmation and denial of God's existence imply a knowledge that seems clearly outside our capacities.

Written as an experiment in an intricate yet spare Russian, Atheism evinces a capacious, restless mind confronting several of life's most urgent and fundamental questions. Skillfully translated by Jeff Love, author of The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojeve, this book offers a striking new perspective on Kojeve's work and its implications for theism, atheism, politics, and freedom.
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Thomas Aquinas: Basic Philosophical Writings: From the Summa Theologiae and The Principles of Nature (13th Century CE)

Thomas Aquinas: Basic Philosophical Writings: From the Summa Theologiae and The Principles of Nature (13th Century CE)

Steven Baldner

$27.99
This volume contains new translations of the essential philosophical writings of Thomas Aquinas from the Summa Theologiae and The Principles of Nature. The included texts represent the breadth of Aquinas's thought, addressing: the fundamental principles of nature; causality; the existence of God; how God can be known; how language can be used to describe God; human nature (including the nature of the soul, free will, and epistemology); happiness; ethics; and natural law. The goal of these translations is twofold: to allow Aquinas to speak for himself, but also to make his thought accessible to the contemporary reader without the burden of unnecessary adherence to convention. A thorough yet accessible introduction is included, as are a series of useful appendices connecting Aquinas's arguments to those of Anselm, Scotus, and others.
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