When your base camp is overrun by zombies, whom do you save if you cannot save everyone? Is it morally permissible to kill a bitten friend before they turn?
These are some of the troubling ethical questions you might face in a zombie apocalypse. Bryan Hall uses situations like these to creatively introduce the foundational theories of moral philosophy.
Covering major thinkers such as Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill, this is an introduction to Ethics like no other: a practical guidebook for surviving a zombie outbreak with your humanity intact. It shows you why moral reasoning matters as long as you still walk among the living.
The book is written entirely from the perspective of someone struggling to survive in a world overrun by the undead. Each chapter begins with graphic art and a field exercise that uses a story from this world to illustrate an ethical problem.
By considering moral controversies through the unfamiliar context of a zombie apocalypse, the morally irrelevant factors that get in the way of resolving these controversies are removed and you can better answer questions such as:
Do we have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate than ourselves?
Is it ever morally permissible to intentionally kill an innocent person?
Are non-rational but sentient beings morally considerable?
Equipped with further reading sections and overviews of the theories that you would usually cover in an introductory Ethics course, this one-of-a-kind primer critically evaluates different procedures for moral action you can use not only to survive, but flourish in an undead world terrifyingly similar to the world in which you live.
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