In this collection of his recent and classic essays, distinguished philosopher Nicholas Rescher explores a variety of contemporary public policy issues ranging from the use of quantitative data in social policy making to problems in biomedical ethics. Offering a rational approach to questions often treated with more heat than light, the essays demonstrate the usefulness of philosophical reflection on social and political issues, and make it clear that questions of moral right and wrong are always relevant.
... There is a tremendous amount of ground covered in this book and a lot to learned from it. I recommend it to scholars in the field. -- Aeon James Skoble, Southeast Missouri State University
Part 1 Validation Problems in Political Contexts: Is Consensus Required for a Rational Social Order?; On the Rationale of Governmental Regulation; Concretisation Quandaries and Decision Anomalies. Part 2 Quantification Problems in Social Matters: The Bell Curve Revisited; Meaningless Numbers; The Social Value of Life. Part 3 Moral Issues in the Public Policy Sphere: Economics vs. Moral Philosophy; The Social Rationale of Benevolence; Problems of Distributive Justice; Moral Obligations and the Refugee; On Moral Limits to Scientific Research. Part 4 Medical and Biological Issues: The Allocation of Exotic Medical Lifesaving Therapy; Ethics and Economics in Biomedical Research; Why Save Endangered Species?
Series: Bible and Liberation
Number Of Pages: 208
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.32