The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells taken without her knowledge became one of the most important tools in medicine The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they

Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Immanuel Kant s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals ranks alongside Plato s Republic and Aristotle s Nicomachean Ethics as one of the most profound and influential works in moral philosophy ever written In Kant s own words its aim is to search for and establish the supreme principle of

After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory

When After Virtue first appeared in 1981, it was recognized as a significant and potentially controversial critique of contemporary moral philosophy Newsweek called it a stunning new study of ethics by one of the foremost moral philosophers in the English speaking world Since that time, the book

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport, The Nation s reviewer of Justice remarked In his acclaimed book based on his legendary Harvard course Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today It has emerged as a

Beyond Good and Evil

Friedrich Nietzsche s Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R.J Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche s position as the towering European philosopher of his age The work dramatically rejects the tradition of


This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill s Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate

Practical Ethics

Peter Singer s remarkably clear and comprehensive Practical Ethics has become a classic introduction to applied ethics since its publication in 1979 and has been translated into many languages For this second edition the author has revised all the existing chapters, added two new ones, and updated


Published shortly after his death, the Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza s greatest work an elegant, fully cohesive cosmology derived from first principles, providing a coherent picture of reality, and a guide to the meaning of an ethical life Following a logical step by step format, it defines in


Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian Once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important.Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set

Animal Liberation

The Book That Started A Revolution Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of concerned men and women to the shocking abuse of animals everywhere inspiring a worldwide movement to eliminate much of the cruel and unnecessary laboratory animal

On the Genealogy of Morals

On the Genealogy of Morals 1887 is a book about the history of ethics and about interpretation Nietzsche rewrites the former as a history of cruelty, exposing the central values of the Judaeo Christian and liberal traditions compassion, equality, justice as the product of a brutal process of