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Piers Benn
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  1. Ethics.Piers Benn - 1997 - Routledge.
    This introduction to ethics judiciously combines moral theory with applied ethics to give an opportunity for students to develop acute thinking About Ethical Matters.; The Author Begins Motivating A Concern For moral discourse by dispelling often met objections over relativism and subjectivity. interweaving normative and meta-ethical considerations, a convincing modern account of moral thinking emerges.; Moral theories - consequentialism, Kantianism, contractualism - are explained and illustrated in a way that holds the reader's attention, and students of ethics will take away (...)
     
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  2. Ethics.Piers Benn & T. D. J. Chappell - 2000 - Philosophical Quarterly 50 (200):410-412.
    In this engaged and engaging survey Piers Benn examines the major currents of ethical theory, concentrating on sound reasoning about morality. Benn's account offers a qualified defence of Aristotelian virtue theory, while bringing out what is distinctive and valuable in a broad range of approaches, such as those of Kant and the Utilitarians. His examples emphasize the ordinary choices of everyday life - gossip, friendship, honesty, sexual relations, work, and self-realization.
     
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    The Face of God. By Roger Scruton. . Pp. X + 186. Price £18.99.).Piers Benn - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):819-821.
    The Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 63, Issue 253, Page 819-821, October 2013.
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    Disease, Addiction and the Freedom to Resist.Piers Benn - 2007 - Philosophical Papers 36 (3):465-481.
    ‘Twelve Step' recovery programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous teach that an alcoholic, or other addict, has a disease, and needs to accept that she is ‘powerless' over her addiction before recovery can begin. However, the disease model of addiction has been criticised on the grounds that some addicts recover without external intervention. This critique is questionable, not because such recovery does not occur, but because many genuine diseases are self-limiting. However, the disease model is better criticised on other grounds. Central (...)
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    Forgiveness and Loyalty.Piers Benn - 1996 - Philosophy 71 (277):369 - 383.
    Contemporary moral philosophy rightly gives an important place not only to theories of right action, but to the nature and value of our interpersonal moral attitudes, including such reactions as resentment, admiration and forgiveness. Whilst these concerns have always been of interest to theologians and psychologists, their philosophical importance partly derives from wider concerns about the nature of persons. The recent resurgence, for instance, of retributivist theories of punishment, which are finding favour among many philosophical writers, largely bases itself on (...)
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    Freedom, Resentment, and the Psychopath.Piers Benn - 1999 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 6 (1):29-39.
    This paper discusses the moral responsibility of psychopaths for their anti-social actions. Starting from P. F. Strawson's discussion of our participant reactive attitudes, which stresses their indispensability for meaningful human relations, the paper contrasts a variety of "normal" wrongdoers with psychopaths. It suggests that the latter are often seriously deficient in their capacity to entertain these attitudes, and that their resulting lack of proper self-evaluation may explain both their callousness and their imprudence. It is then argued that only creatures able (...)
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    Is Sex Morally Special?Piers Benn - 1999 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 (3):235–245.
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    Permissible Killing, by Suzanne Uniacke.Piers Benn - 1995 - Philosophical Quarterly 45 (181):550.
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    Withholding Treatment From a Drug Addict: Poor Prognosis or Just Deserts?Piers Benn - 2013 - Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 22 (4):402-404.
  10. Some Uncertainties About Agnosticism.Piers Benn - 1999 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 46 (3):171-188.
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    The Gay Marriage Debate – Afterthoughts.Piers Benn - 2014 - Think 13 (36):23-31.
    This article analyses some familiar arguments both for, and against, same-sex civil marriage. I argue that it is not enough to defend gay marriage by a simple appeal to equality, unless one addresses the view that same-sex marriage would be contrary to the objective nature and purpose of marriage. I illustrate the ways in which a stand-off is reached in discussions of this particular matter. I also suggest that there is a mystery about what the from a faithful relationship to (...)
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    Is Atheism a Faith Position?Piers Benn - 2006 - Think 5 (13):25-34.
    In a recent issue of Think , Brenda Watson suggested that atheism is also a ‘faith position’. Here, Piers Benn looks more closely at this often-made suggestion.
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    My Own Death.Piers Benn - 1993 - The Monist 76 (2):235-251.
    It has often been thought that there is a special difficulty involved in conceiving of one’s own death. It is easy to think that, while one can easily conceive of, and acknowledge, the death of another person, one cannot ever conceive of what it is for oneself to die. Various things have been inferred from this. The most extreme inference is that one’s own death, or, to be more precise, one’s own non-existence, is actually impossible, since what is inconceivable is (...)
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    The Face of God. By Roger Scruton. . Pp. X + 186. Price £18.99.).Piers Benn - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):819-821.
    © 2013 The Editors of The Philosophical QuarterlyThis is a profound and important book. A large part of its aim is to puncture the ‘charm of disenchantment’ which oozes from reductive scientific accounts of the human condition, and restore our intuitions of human uniqueness, freedom, the sacred and the transcendental. It explores many features of this disenchantment, such as our habits of overconsumption and pleasure‐seeking, and the assault on subjectivity exemplified in fashion, pornography, faceless architecture, the desecration of the earth, (...)
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  15. The Role of Conscience in Medical Ethics.Piers Benn - 2005 - In Nafsika Athanassoulis (ed.), Philosophical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Palgrave-Macmillan.
     
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  16. ETHICS Piers Benn.Piers Benn - 2003 - In John Shand (ed.), Fundamentals of Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 94.
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    Miss B and Mrs Pretty.Piers Benn - 2002 - Think 1 (2):57-60.
    Piers Benn, lecturer in medical ethics at Imperial College, London, discusses two recent medical cases involving the so-called ‘right to die’ explaining how the cases differ legally and, perhaps, ethically.
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    Dead Fetuses and Insulting Displays.Piers Benn - 2004 - Think 2 (6):25-28.
    Piers Benn explores the moral ramifications of a recent court case involving the Pro-Life Alliance.
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    Soham, Widdecombe and the Death Penalty.Piers Benn - 2003 - Think 1 (3):83-86.
    The recent murder of two schoolgirls in Soham provoked calls for a return of the death penalty. Piers Benn examines the case for execution.
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    The Identity Trap.Piers Benn - 2004 - The Philosophers' Magazine 25 (25):42-43.
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    Ruling Passions by Simon Blackburn Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1998, X + 334pp. [REVIEW]Piers Benn - 2000 - Philosophy 75 (3):452-462.
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    Can Addicts Help It?Piers Benn - 2010 - Philosophy Now 80:17-20.
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    AIDS and Sexual Morality.Piers Benn - 1992 - Philosophy Now 4:5-8.
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    The Responsibility of the Psychiatric Offender: Commentary on Ciocchetti.Piers Benn - 2003 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 10 (2):189-192.
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    R.M. Hare.Piers Benn - 2002 - Philosophy Now 35:39-39.
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    Matthews's Moral Vision.Piers Benn - 1999 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 6 (4):317-319.
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    Pornography, Degradation and Rhetoric.Piers Benn - 1993 - Cogito 7 (2):127-134.
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    Sense and Sexual Harassment.Piers Benn - 1994 - Cogito 8 (2):135-141.
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    The Gentle and Easy Death.Piers Benn - 1993 - Philosophy Now 6:5-9.
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    Health Care Ethics.Piers Benn - 2001 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (2):197–199.
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    Moral Principles and Social Values.Piers Benn - 1988 - Philosophical Books 29 (3):165-166.
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    On Being Politically Incorrect.Piers Benn - 1992 - Philosophy Now 3:8-11.
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    Remembering Antony Flew.Piers Benn, John Rogers & Rick Lewis - 2010 - Philosophy Now 79:41-43.
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    The Shackles of Superstition.Piers Benn - 1994 - Philosophy Now 10:5-8.
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    Response to the Commentaries.Piers Benn - 1999 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 6 (1):57-58.
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    Political Theory.Piers Benn - 1994 - History of European Ideas 18 (3):448-449.
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    Pornography, Degradation and Rhetoric.Piers Benn - 1993 - Cogito 7 (2):127-134.
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    The Identity Trap.Piers Benn - 2004 - The Philosophers' Magazine 25:42-43.
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    Morality, the Unborn, and the Open Future.Piers Benn - 1998 - In Robin Le Poidevin (ed.), Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press. pp. 207--220.
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  40. Commitment.Piers Benn - 2011 - Routledge.
    Most of us care about certain people and things, and some of these concerns become personal commitments, involving our values, our relationships, our work and our religious or political stances. But what is commitement, and why should it matter? Is social commitment - for example, to the family - being eroded by individualism or ironic detachment? And how should we deal with the potential tension between devotion to a life-stance, and the doubts prompted by pursuit of rational integrity? In this (...)
     
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  41. Ruling Passions. [REVIEW]Piers Benn - 2000 - Philosophy 75 (3):452-462.
     
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  42. Sense and Sexual Harassment.Piers Benn - 1994 - Cogito 8 (2):135-141.
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  43. The Concept of Disease.Rachel Cooper, Chris Megone, Jeremy Simon, Anthony Wrigley, Jennifer Radden & Piers Benn - 2007 - Philosophical Papers 36 (3):343-481.