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Charles Foster - Author

About the Author

Charles Foster is a Fellow at the University of Oxford. Much of his life has been spent on expeditions; he has run a 150 mile race in the Sahara, skied to the North Pole, and 'bled in many beautiful and desolate landscapes'. He has written or contributed to over thirty-five books on subjects including travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology and philosophy.

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New Lights on Old Paths

New Lights on Old Paths

Author: Charles Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2019

Human Thriving and the Law

Human Thriving and the Law

Author: Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2018

The idea of the Good Life - of what constitutes human thriving, is, implicitly, the foundation and justification of the law. The law exists to hold societies together; to hold in tension the rights of individuals as against individuals, the rights of individuals as against various types of non-humans such as corporations (and vice versa), and the rights of individuals individuals as against the state (and vice versa). In democratic states, laws inhibit some freedoms in the name of greater, or more desirable freedoms. The only justification for law is surely that it tends to promote human thriving. But what is the Good Life? What does it mean to live a thriving life? There has been no want of discussion, at least since the great Athenians. But surprisingly, since human thriving is its sole raison d'etre, the law has been slow to contribute to the conversation. This book aims to start and facilitate this conversation. It aims to: -make lawyers ask: `What is the law for?', and conclude that it is to maximise human thriving -make lawyers ask: `But what does human thriving mean?' -make judges and advocates ask: `How can a judgment about the best interests of a patient be satisfactory unless its basis is made clear?'

Identity, Personhood and the Law

Identity, Personhood and the Law

Author: Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2017

This book is an examination of how the law understands human identity and the whole notion of `human being'. On these two notions the law, usually unconsciously, builds the superstructure of `human rights'. It explores how the law understands the concept of a human being, and hence a person who is entitled to human rights. This involves a discussion of the legal treatment of those of so-called marginal personhood (e.g. high functioning non-human animals; humans of limited intellectual capacity, and fetuses). It also considers how we understand our identity as people, and hence how we fall into different legal categories: such as gender, religion and so on.The law makes a number of huge assumptions about some fundamental issues of human identity and authenticity - for instance that we can talk meaningfully about the entity that we call `our self'. Until now it has rarely, if ever, identified those assumptions, let alone interrogated them. This failure has led to the law being philosophically dubious and sometimes demonstrably unfit for purpose. Its failure is increasingly hard to cover up. What should happen legally, for instance, when a disease such as dementia eliminates or radically transforms all the characteristics that most people regard as foundational to the `self'? This book seeks to plug these gaps in the literature.

Der Geschmack von Laub und Erde

Der Geschmack von Laub und Erde

Author: Charles Foster Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2017

Was fuhlt ein Tier, wie lebt es und wie nimmt es seine Umwelt wahr? Um das herauszufinden, tritt Charles Foster ein faszinierendes Experiment an. Er schlupft in die Rolle von funf verschiedenen Tierarten: Dachs, Otter, Fuchs, Rothirsch und Mauersegler. Er haust in einem Bau unter der Erde, schnappt mit den Zahnen nach Fischen in einem Fluss und durchstobert Mulltonnen auf der Suche nach Nahrung. In die scharfsinnige, witzige Schilderung seiner skurrilen Erfahrungen lasst er wissenswerte Fakten einflieen - und letztlich geht es auch um eine philosophische Frage: Was bedeutet es, Mensch zu sein?

The Story of the Gospel

The Story of the Gospel

Author: Charles Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2016

Being a Beast

Being a Beast

Author: Charles Foster Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2016

A passionate naturalist explores what it's really like to be an animalby living like themHow can we ever be sure that we really know the other? To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the non-humans, the beasts. And to do that, he tried to be like them, choosing a badger, an otter, a fox, a deer, and a swift. He lived alongside badgers for weeks, sleeping in a sett in a Welsh hillside and eating earthworms, learning to sense the landscape through his nose rather than his eyes. He caught fish in his teeth while swimming like an otter; rooted through London garbage cans as an urban fox; was hunted by bloodhounds as a red deer, nearly dying in the snow. And he followed the swifts on their migration route over the Strait of Gibraltar, discovering himself to be strangely connected to the birds.A lyrical, intimate, and completely radical look at the life of animalshuman and otherBeing a Beastmingles neuroscience and psychology, nature writing and memoir to cross the boundaries separating the species. It is an extraordinary journey full of thrills and surprises, humor and joy. And, ultimately, it is an inquiry into the human experience in our world, carried out by exploring the full range of the life around us.

APIL Guide to Tripping and Slipping Cases

APIL Guide to Tripping and Slipping Cases

Author: Charles Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2015

Tripping and slipping cases form a large part of the typical personal injury lawyer's practice. Not all cases are straightforward; many involve complex questions of law. The APIL Guide to Tripping and Slipping Cases is a one-stop text. It covers all the legal disciplines that can come into play in a tripping or slipping case - Local Government, Landlord and Tenant, Occupier's Liability, Highways, Health and Safety at Work, and so on. It gives detailed guidance on the applicable law, procedure and practice. It has a big library of precedents, from checklists and letters through to Statements of Case. Most of the relevant guidelines are included as appendices, and the facts and principles of the key cases (often contained in inaccessible law reports) are distilled into case summaries. This new edition has been revised to includes the following developments: * Substantial changes at common law in respect of the way in which the tort of nuisance can be deployed in Highway cases (with particular reference to the Court of Appeal decisions of Valentine v Transport for London and another [2010] EWCA Civ 1358 and Ali v Bradford MDC [2012] 1 W.L.R. 161) * An update of recent case-law pertaining to the application of the s.58 statutory defence (particularly in respect of the allocation of resources, and the effect of non-compliance with the Code of Practice), arising out of the authorities of Wilkinson v City of York Council [2011] EWCA Civ 207, and AC v Devon CC [2013] EWCA Civ 418 * Consideration of the circumstances in which a Ward v Tesco defence still applies in light of Butcher v Southend-on-Sea BC [2014] EWCA Civ 1556 * An update to the Workplace Accidents section, in view of the introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

Altruism, Welfare and the Law

Altruism, Welfare and the Law

Author: Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2015

This book is an assault on the notion that it is empirically accurate and legally and philosophically satisfactory to see humans as atomistic entities. It contends that our welfare is inextricably entangled with that of others, and accordingly law and ethics, in determining our best interests, should recognise the central importance of relationality, the performance of obligations, and (even apparently injurious) altruism.

The Law and Ethics of Dementia

The Law and Ethics of Dementia

Author: Charles Foster Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Dementia is a topic of enormous human, medical, economic, legal and ethical importance. Its importance grows as more of us live longer. The legal and ethical problems it raises are complex, intertwined and under-discussed. This book brings together contributions from clinicians, lawyers and ethicists - all of them world leaders in the field of dementia - and is a comprehensive, scholarly yet accessible library of all the main (and many of the fringe) perspectives. It begins with the medical facts: what is dementia? Who gets it? What are the current and future therapeutic and palliative options? What are the main challenges for medical and nursing care? The story is then taken up by the ethicists, who grapple with questions such as: is it legitimate to lie to dementia patients if that is a kind thing to do? Who is the person whose memory, preferences and personality have all been transformed by their disease? Should any constraints be placed on the sexual activity of patients? Are GPS tracking devices an unpardonable interference with the patient's freedom? These issues, and many more, are then examined through legal lenses. The book closes with accounts from dementia sufferers and their carers. It is the first and only book of its kind, and the authoritative text.

Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction

Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Charles Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Medical law is concerned with our bodies, and what happens to them during and after our lives. When things go wrong with our bodies, we want to know what our rights are, and what governs the conduct of the clinicians into whose hands we put our lives and limbs. Dealing with matters of life and death, it can therefore have a fundamental impact on medical practice. Headlines in the media often involve the core issues of medical law - organ transplantation, abortion, withdrawal of treatment, euthanasia, confidentiality, research on humans - these are topics that affect us all. Headlines can misrepresent, however. In order to fully understand the issues and their relevance, we have to delve into the cases and into the principles behind them. In this highly readable Very Short Introduction, Charles Foster explores different examples to illustrate the key problems and principles of medical law. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Donald Brian King of Broadway

Donald Brian King of Broadway

Author: Charles Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2012

Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law

Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law

Author: Charles Foster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Dignity is often denounced as hopelessly amorphous or incurably theological: as feel-good philosophical window-dressing, or as the name given to whatever principles give you the answer that you think is right. This is wrong, says Charles Foster: dignity is not only an essential principle in bioethics and law; it is really the only principle. In this ambitious, paradigm-shattering but highly readable book, he argues that dignity is the only sustainable Theory of Everything in bioethics. For most problems in contemporary bioethics, existing principles such as autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice and professional probity can do a reasonably workmanlike job if they are all allowed to contribute appropriately. But these are second order principles, each of which traces its origins back to dignity. And when one gets to the frontiers of bioethics (such as human enhancement), dignity is the only conceivable language with which to describe and analyse the strange conceptual creatures found there. Drawing on clinical, anthropological, philosophical and legal insights, Foster provides a new lexicon and grammar of that language which is essential reading for anyone wanting to travel in the outlandish territories of bioethics, and strongly recommended for anyone wanting to travel comfortably anywhere in bioethics or medical law.