Philosophy is a critique of other modes of
thought. There have been, during the past half
century, tremendous advances in sciences,
especially in the field of biomedicine,
environment science, business management
study, computronics and cybernetics, etc.
The thinking and activities in these fields raise
many philosophical issues which are
predominantly ethical. The agent confronts
ethical dilemmas and finds himself in a fix
whether to do or not to do a given task calling
for urgent resolution of the issues involved,
shallow ecology and deep ecology, profit
making, whistle blowing, etc.
This book is an attempt to give clear
perspectives of the aforesaid issues of biomedical ethics, environmental ethics and
Born in 1974, Srimati Prajna Prakasini Das
Kanungo is B.A. Hons., M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D.
in Philosophy from Utkal University,
Bhubaneswar, Orissa with a brilliant first class
career throughout. She specialises in analytical
philosophy, political philosophy, applied and
professional ethics. She is at her best in applied
and professional ethics and has published
some papers in these areas. She has published
a book under the title The Primacy of the
Ethical in Kautilya’s Arthasastra. She has not
taken up any assignment yet and is now
engaged in a post-doctoral work in business
The book entitled Perspectives in Applied Ethics by
Prajna Prakasini Das Kanungo is definitely a contribution to what
is known as applied ethics. The author has very carefully
formulated various issues in biomedical, environmental and business
ethics. The book deserves serious attention of scholars and general
readers as well.
But it ought to be remembered that applied ethics is nota
new subject as it is being trumpeted in the academic world today.
Further, it is most unfortunate that in spite of the fact that ethics
and moral philosophy are increasingly are being taught at various
levels, yet the moral situation is yet to improve. To convert the
situation to a mockery and to add insult to injury, some leading
philosophers in India who very often write and teach moral
philosophy advocate the view that an absolutely immoral person
may be a very good moral philosopher. This is precisely the reason
why nobody takes philosophers in general and moral philosophers
in particular sincerely. Time has come for the moral philosophers
not only to discuss various moral and ethical issues in great detail,
but to lead a moral life, so that he/ she could be a model for
others. Only then things will change and improve.
I hope that this book will be helpful to stimulate reflection
and help improve the situation.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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