- The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics
- Notes On The Contributors
- Reproductive Technology
- Environmental Ethics
- Gender and Sexual Discrimination
- Race and Racial Discrimination
- Affirmative Action
- People with Disabilities
- Freedom of Speech and Religion
- Legal Paternalism
- Economic Justice
- Intergenerational Justice
- Corporate Responsibility
- National Autonomy
- International Economic Justice
- World Hunger
- Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
- Capital Punishment
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The family is a ubiquitous social institution, not only in human life, but also in that of other mammals and species. In strictly biological terms, ‘family’ is a concept that centres on the physical coming-together of male and female and on the cluster of offspring that results from that connection. In many species, a pair, once established, continues its relationship while fostering the young to independence. These are such trite and obvious facts that the necessity to set them out arises only because they are currently considered by many people irrelevant to the lives of humans, and also because there is a socio-legal conception of family that may, in some situations, be in conflict with the biological one.
Brenda Almond is Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy and President of the Philosophical Society of England. She received an Honorary Doctorate for Philosophy from Utrecht University and is an elected Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her books include Exploring Ethics:A Traveler's Tale (1998), Moral Concerns (1987), and The Philosophical Quest(1990/1992). She has served on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and engaged in research on the family as Director of the Social Values Research Centre at the University of Hull.
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