Ethics: Contemporary Perspectives

Ethics: Contemporary Perspectives

Edited by Bernadette Richards
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: ATF (Australia) Ltd.
Pages: 79
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    Ethics: Contemporary Perspectives
    Book Description:

    We live in an evolving and increasingly complex global community and with this complexity comes a broad range of ethical issues. The Ethics: Contemporary Perspectives brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, including disciplines as diverse as philosophy, law, medicine and the study of world religions, to discuss these broad ethical issues in contem- porary society. Its aim is explore our complex world, addressing both old and new ethical issues through scholarly discourse.

    eISBN: 978-1-922239-57-0
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Bernadette Richards, Paul Babie and Robert Crotty

    On behalf of the editorial committee I would like to welcome you to the first edition ofEthics: Contemporary Perspectiveswhich focuses on broad questions of the ethics of ethics. We sent out a broad invitation to contribute and received diverse responses which means that this, the first edition, represents an eclectic mix of ideas and issues relating to ethics. There is, however, one unifying theme that runs through the discussions which is fitting for a new journal, crossing the frontier from concept to reality: new frontiers and exploring borders.

    In our first piece, ‘A Loss of Faith: Law, Justice...

  4. Vulnerable Human Beings And ‘The Canary In The Mine’ Principle In Ethics
    (pp. 1-17)
    Grant Gillett

    This paper outlines a very simple thesis: that the voices of the disadvantaged and marginalised often bring to our attention aspects of society that threaten human well-being or are even toxic to the human spirit. That thesis transforms the ethics of attending to vulnerable human beings—such as those who are differently-abled, the disenfranchised, those who are the underclass and the marginalised—from resting on a poorly articulated sense of human rights or on compassion to being of central importance in discussions about the wellbeing of all. Rights talk, for instance, is often ungrounded and only rhetorically applicable to certain...

  5. A Loss Of Faith: Law, Justic And Legal Ethics
    (pp. 18-41)
    Allan C Hutchinson

    Lawyering is big business. But the substantial price of entrepreneurial success has been bought at the perceived cost of reduced social standing. Although criticism of lawyers is far from new, it seems to be particularly insistent and widespread today. Lawyers are not only portrayed as being skilled at the dubious arts of manipulation and double-dealing, but also as being moral hypocrites because they defend these practices in the brazen name of ‘professional ethics’. Along with used car-dealers and tele-marketers, lawyers are now considered to be among the least trustworthy and least respected of professionals. The keen force of considered judgment...

  6. The Genealogy of Space Ethics
    (pp. 42-56)
    Jacques Arnould

    The consequences of a technological conquest are never predictable, and the space conquest which began in the mid-twentieth century is no exception to this rule. The development of astronautics certainly fulfilled the dreams and ambitions of its founders – the military personnel and scholars who pooled their knowledge and intelligence, hopes and resources, in order to send machines and then humans away from Earth’s gravity, to travel around Earth and then on to explore the Moon and other planets. States were able to affirm or strengthen their sovereignty, paving the way to whole new territories in astronomy. But the space conquest...

  7. Sigillum Confessionis: The Seal Of Confession In Today’s Roman Catholic Church
    (pp. 57-70)
    Robert Crotty

    There is trouble, real trouble between Church and State, brewing in Australia over the issue of the Seal of Confession (known officially in Latin asSigillum Confessionis), as maintained by the Roman Catholic Church, in regard to child abuse.

    The reason that this matter has come to the fore is the calling by the then Prime Minister of Australia, on November 12 2012, of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    Gillard, on April 3 2013 said that it would be ‘an important moral moment for our nation’. The Commission held a preliminary meeting on that same...