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Applied ethics and social problems: Moral questions of birth, society and death

Tony Fitzpatrick


Designed to address practical questions, applied ethics is one of the most exciting areas in contemporary philosophy. Yet the relevance of ethical theories to social policy has been under-explored. The book is concerned with applying debates, theories and methods from moral philosophy to contemporary ethical issues relating to the disciplinary field (social policy) investigating the interactions of social problems, justice and wellbeing. This book presents introductions to the three most influential moral philosophies — consequentialism, Kantianism and virtue ethics — then relates these to som ... More

Keywords: consequentialism, Kantianism, virtue ethics, welfare services, drug legalisation, education, abortion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781861348609
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Fitzpatrick, author