Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing

2016.04.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Torbjörn Tännsjö, Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing, Oxford University Press, 2015, 309pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2016.04.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Torbjörn Tännsjö, Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing, Oxford University Press, 2015, 309pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190225582. Reviewed by Charlotte A. Newey, Cardiff University The punchy central claim of Torbjörn Tännsjö's book is that act-utilitarianism best explains our considered intuitions about the moral status of different kinds of killing. An interesting aspect of this book is Tännsjö's revisionary methodology, which he names 'Applied Ethics (Turned Upside Down)'. So, why does Tännsjö choose applied ethics (turned upside down) to argue for act-utilitarianism's role in explaining our considered intuitions about killing and what, exactly, is his innovative method of moral investigation? Tännsjö establishes a new methodology for ethical enquiry because he is wary of attempts to (p. xi) 'establish moral principles through swift and abstract arguments.' his scepticism towards using. . .

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