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The Life and Death Debate

J.P. Moreland and Norman Geisler (Praeger Paperbacks: Nov 9, 1990), 192 pages.

This work is an introductory treatment of issues and options in social and bioethics which center on the end of life. Moreland and Geisler have attempted to simplify and summarize various end-of-life topics without being simplistic or caricaturing different viewpoints, even though the authors’ own viewpoints are made perfectly clear. A comprehensive bibliography, glossary, and subject and author index make this a valuable textbook as well as a resource for further study. The major purpose of this book is to make the reader think more clearly and deeply about the important issues discussed between its covers. Beginning the work is an essay that introduces the dilemma of ethical decisions. The following chapters separately discuss the situations of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, and war. The discussion concludes with a chapter of practical and theoretical guidance for making ethical decisions. A glossary, subject index, author index, and selected bibliography for each chapter make this a valuable text. This important work will not only appeal to experienced philosophers, but also to students of moral philosophy, theology, and ethics. ~ Synopsis

Table of Contents

    • Introduction: What are Ethical Decisions?
    • Issues in Normative Ethics
    • Abortion
    • Infanticide
    • Euthanasia
    • Suicide
    • Capital Punishment
    • War
    • Conclusion: How to Make Ethical Decisions
    • Glossary
    • Index