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Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things that Matter

 

I recently finished reading this new book by Peter Singer. It's not the first book of his I have read. Years ago, I read The Ethics of What We Eat that he wrote and I really enjoyed that book. 

This new book of his is a collection of short essays, each covering a different moral issue. Topics included cover animals, the sanctity of life, bioethics and public health, sex and gender, happiness, doing good, and politics. I must say that I may not agree with every one of his arguments, but I certainly enjoyed reading them. I will also say that his essays opened my eyes to numerous ethical topics that I had never even considered much before. It gave me a lot to think about, making this book well worth reading.

A quote from this book that I really liked is "My own view is that being a vegetarian or vegan is not an end in itself, but a means toward reducing both human and animal suffering."

Anyone interested in ethics should consider reading this book. Even if you don't agree with everything Singer has to say on each topic, you will come away better informed and with more to consider. I also loved how each essay is short, so that you get to read about many different topics in short segments. You have no time to get bored of a topic, because it's over before you know it. 

Two thumbs up for Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter by Peter Singer. It's a good book, a quick read, and well worth it!

- Jacqueline




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