Ethics in Practice

Ethics in Practice : An Anthology

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This second edition of Ethics in Practice is a comprehensive collection of more than 60 new, newly-revised, and classic essays on fourteen contemporary moral questions. Through the selection of essays, organization of sections, and incisive general and section introductions, this book integrates ethical theory and the discussion of practical moral problems. In addition to the more familiar issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, preferential treatment, and the environment, the volume includes coverage of less familiar, but equally important issues such as immigration, political correctness, free speech, the use of drugs, world hunger, and economic justice. The second edition includes 21 essays not in the first edition, with expanded sections discussing three more topics: reproductive technologies, gun control, and capital punishment. This volume features accessible and engaging, yet philosophically rigorous essays that encourage the student to think critically about a wide range of practical moral issues. The supporting website at http://www. stpt. usf. edu/hhl/papers/ethics. in. practice. 2nd. htm contains extensive links to sources on the topics, ethical theories, and guides on writing papers.
These features make Ethics in Practice the ideal text for introductory and applied ethics courses.
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  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 165.6 x 246.9 x 37.8mm | 1,170.28g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
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  • 0631228349
  • 9780631228349
  • 2,367,315

Table of contents

Preface for Instructors. Acknowledgments. General Introduction. Theorizing about Ethics. Reading Philosophy. Part I: Life and Death: 1. Euthanasia: Rule-Utilitarianism and Euthanasia: Brad Hooker [W]. Against the Right to Die: J. David Velleman [NR]. Justifying Physician-Assisted Deaths: Tom L. Beauchamp [W]. Dying at the Right Time: Reflections on (Un)Assisted Suicide: John Hardwig [W]. 2. Abortion: A Defence of Abortion: Judith Jarvis Thomson. On The Moral and Legal Status of Abortion: Mary Anne Warren [R]. An Argument that Abortion is Wrong: Don Marquis [W]. Virtue Theory and Abortion: Rosalind Hursthouse [NR]. 3. Animals: All Animals Are Equal: Peter Singer. The Moral Community: Michael Allen Fox. Moral Standing, the Value of Lives, and Speciesism: R.G. Frey. The Case for Animal Rights: Tom Regan. Part II: The Personal Life: 4. Family and Reproductive Technology: What Do Grown Children Owe Their Parents?: Jane English. Emotional Exploitation: Sandra Lee Bartky [R]. Morality, Parents, and Children: James Rachels. Artificial Means of Reproduction and our Understanding of the Family: Ruth Macklin [N]. Is Women's Labor a Commodity?: Elizabeth S. Anderson [N]. Goodbye, Dolly: the Ethics of Human Cloning: John Harris [N]. 5. Sexuality: What's Wrong with Rape?: Pamela Foa. Morality and Human Sexuality: Vincent C. Punzo. Plain Sex: Alan H. Goldman. Why Homosexuality is Abnormal: Michael Levin [R]. Homosexuality and the Moral Relevance of Experience: John Corvino [NW]. 6. Virtues: Servility and Self-Respect: Thomas E. Hill, Jr. On Improving People by Political Means: Lester H. Hunt. Generosity: James D. Wallace. Humility: Judith Andre [NR]. Part III: Liberty and Equality: 7. Paternalism and Risk: Freedom of Action: John Stuart Mill. Against the Legalization of Drugs: James Q. Wilson. The War on Drugs is Lost: William F. Buckley, Jr., et. al. [N]. Permissible Paternalism: Saving Smokers from Themselves: Robert E. Goodin [R]. The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms: Todd C. Hughes & Lester H. Hunt [NR]. Gun Control: Hugh LaFollette [N]. 8. Free Speech: Freedom of Thought and Discussion: John Stuart Mill. Sex, Lies, and Pornography: Ann Garry [NR]. MacKinnon's Words: Ronald Dworkin [N]. Sticks and Stones: John Arthur [W]. Speech Codes and Expressive Harm: Andrew Altman [NW]. 9. Sexual and Racial Discrimination: Racisms: Kwame Anthony Appiah. Sexual Harassment: Anita M. Superson. Date Rape: Lois Pineau. Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape: Larry May & Robert Strikwerda [R]. 10. Affirmative Action: Affirmative Action: Michael Levin. The Rights of Allan Bakke: Ronald Dworkin. Affirmative Action As Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of "Preferential Treatment": Luke Charles Harris & Uma Narayan [W]. Part IV: Justice: 11. Punishment: Punishment and Desert: James Rachels [W]. Repentance and Criminal Punishment: Jeffrie G. Murphy [R]. Making Hard Time Even Harder: Lynn Pasquerella [W]. In Defence of the Death Penalty: Louis Pojman [N]. Against the Death Penalty: Jeffrey Reiman [N]. 12. Economic Justice: A Theory of Justice: John Rawls. The Entitlement Theory of Justice: Robert Nozick. Displacing the Distributive Paradigm: Iris Marion Young. Economic Competition: Who Cares about the Losers?: Jonathan Wolff [NW]. 13. World Hunger and International Justice: Free Movement: If People Were Money: Robert E. Goodin [R]. Famine, Affluence, and Morality: Peter Singer. Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code: John Arthur [NW]. Hunger, Capacity, and Development: David A. Crocker [R]. Eradicating Systemic Poverty: Brief for a Global Resources Dividend: Thomas W. Pogge [NR]. 14. Environment: Feeding People versus Saving Nature: Holmes Rolston III [R]. Land Ethic: Aldo Leopold. Challenges of Ecofeminism: from "Should" to '"Can'": Gail Stenstad [NW]. Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments: Thomas E. Hill Jr. [N]. Hume and Nature: Alan Carter [NW].
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"Ethics in Practice is an extraordinary anthology. Not only has LaFollette done an excellent job selecting seminal essays on the crucial issues, but he has lined up authors famous for their abilities to bring their deep theoretical insights to bear on everyday moral questions." Christopher Heath Wellman, Georgia State University "This is perhaps the best collection of articles on applied ethics that I know. It covers many of the areas that comprise the general topic, with articles of note, by philosophers of quality. It is a superb volume not only for teaching applied ethics but also for introducing students to rigorous thinking in philosophy." R. G. Frey, Bowling Green State University "A good aid for introducing non-philosophers to ethical problems without over-simplifying matters. LaFollette has succeeded in finding texts that are not only representative but also accessible." Jan Jans, Ethical Perspectives
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About Hugh LaFollette

Hugh LaFollette is Professor of Philosophy at East Tennessee State University. He is author of Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (1995), co-author of Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (1996), and co-editor of six other volumes, including The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory (Blackwell 1999).
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