Rethinking Life and Death: The collapse of our traditional ethics by Peter Singer

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December 1994, no. 167
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Jack Hibberd reviews 'Rethinking Life and Death: The collapse of our traditional ethics' by Peter Singer

Rethinking Life and Death: The collapse of our traditional ethics

by Peter Singer

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Rethinking Life and Death: The collapse of our traditional ethics by Peter Singer

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December 1994, no. 167

CLOV: If I could kill him I’d die happy.

Samuel Beckett, Endgame

There is no doubt of viciousness of existence. Bertolt Brecht spoke of how one minute you are striding out freely down a merry boulevard, the next poleaxed by a great lump of steel fallen from the heavens.

If only it were as simple as that. Of course Brecht, intellectually weaned on early gestalt theory, was asserting that individuals in modern society must actively be aware of the whole picture, for in that picture there will always loom the steel of capitalism and totalitarianism. Yet the foxy Brecht had a thoroughly utilitarian slant on existence.

Jack Hibberd reviews 'Rethinking Life and Death: The collapse of our traditional ethics' by Peter Singer

Rethinking Life and Death: The collapse of our traditional ethics

by Peter Singer

Text Publishing $16.95 pb

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