‘101 Ethical Dilemmas is witty, clever, imaginative, pithy, and sweeping in scope. It explores many different questions concerning philosophy, ethics, religion and politics, and leaves a great deal of room for further debate and discussion.’ David Resnik, East Carolina University, USA
From overcrowded lifeboats to the censor’s pen, Martin Cohen’s stimulating and amusing dilemmas reveal the subtleties, complexities and downright contradictions that make up the rich tapestry of ethics.
Travelling from DIY babies and breeding experiments by way of ethically dubious chemical factories and the ‘School of Terror’, before ﬁnally ending up in the ‘Twinkies courtroom drama’ and Newgate Prison, there is a dilemma for everyone here. Dilemmas from the worlds of medical, business, legal and war ethics, dilemmas in the shape of beautiful and ugly sisters, frog kings, ancient volcanic islands and suspiciously exotic villages.
This book may not help you become a good person, but at least you will have had a good think about it . . .
Martin Cohen is editor of The Philosopher, lecturer and a successful philosophy author and journalist. His bestselling 101 Philosophy Problems, 2nd edition, is also published by Routledge (2001).
101 Ethical Dilemmas
First published 2003
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101 ethical dilemmas/Martin Cohen.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Ethics. I. Title: One hundred and one ethical dilemmas. II. Title: One hundred one ethical dilemmas. III. Title.
BJ1025. C66 2003
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‘It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.’ G. K. Chesterton, Scandal of Father Brown
How to use this book
Four dodgy dilemmas to get started with
The psychologists’ tale
Custom is king
And three personal dilemmas which maybe a business ethics
course could help with . . . well, may be
The internet bargain
The descent begins . . .
The ﬁrst stage of cruelty
Stage 2: free to do otherwise
Penultimate stage: the two tests
Final Stage: the immortal member
Some pretty ancient dilemmas
The woeful tale of St Augustine
A balanced tale for the Yellow Emperor
The ascetic tale of Chrysippus the Stoic
The sensible tale of Epicurus
The magnanimous man in heaven
The downmarket rival
The hospital’s dilemma