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The bestselling and field-defining textbook which has introduced generations of students to the field of practical ethics, now in a new fully-revised fifth edition


For more than twenty years, Ethics in Practice has paved the way for students to confront the difficult ethical questions they will, must, or do already face. Accessible to introductory students yet sufficiently rigorous for those pursuing advanced study, this celebrated collection encourages and guides readers to explore ethical dimensions of important, controversial topics such as euthanasia, environmental action, economic injustice, discrimination, incarceration, abortion, and torture. In combining new and revised modern texts with works of classic scholarship, Ethics in Practice equips readers to consider wide-ranging ideas in practical ethics and to understand the historical basis for contemporary developments in ethical theory.


Revisions and updates to the new edition of Ethics in Practice focus on covering pressing global issues and adding depth to key sections. Many sections have been expanded to offer more thorough coverage of topics in ethical theory. Edited by Hugh LaFollette, highly regarded for his contributions in the field of practical ethics, this important volume:





Explores the connections between ethical theory and divisive contemporary debates

Includes general and section introductions which map the conceptual terrain, making it easy for students to understand and discuss the theoretical and practical dimensions of the issues

Offers up-to-date incisive discussion global, local, and personal ethical issues

Provides original essays, new perspectives, and revisions of key critical texts

Enables instructors to discuss specific practical issues, broader groupings of topics, and common themes that connect major areas in ethics



Already a market-leading text for introductory and applied ethics courses, the latest edition of Ethics in Practice: An Anthology continues to bean essential resource for instructors and students in philosophy departments around the world.
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  • Paperback | 744 pages
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5th Edition
  • 1119358868
  • 9781119358862

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The bestselling and field-defining textbook which has introduced generations of students to the field of practical ethics, now in a new fully-revised fifth edition



For more than twenty years, Ethics in Practice has paved the way for students to confront the difficult ethical questions they will, must, or do already face. Accessible to introductory students yet sufficiently rigorous for those pursuing advanced study, this celebrated collection encourages and guides readers to explore ethical dimensions of important, controversial topics such as euthanasia, environmental action, economic injustice, discrimination, incarceration, abortion, and torture. In combining new and revised modern texts with works of classic scholarship, Ethics in Practice equips readers to consider wide-ranging ideas in practical ethics and to understand the historical basis for contemporary developments in ethical theory.



Revisions and updates to the new edition of Ethics in Practice focus on covering pressing global issues and adding depth to key sections. Many sections have been expanded to offer more thorough coverage of topics in ethical theory. Edited by Hugh LaFollette, highly regarded for his contributions in the field of practical ethics, this important volume:

Explores the connections between ethical theory and divisive contemporary debates Includes general and section introductions which map the conceptual terrain, making it easy for students to understand and discuss the theoretical and practical dimensions of the issues Offers up-to-date incisive discussion global, local, and personal ethical issues Provides original essays, new perspectives, and revisions of key critical texts Enables instructors to discuss specific practical issues, broader groupings of topics, and common themes that connect major areas in ethics

Already a market-leading text for introductory and applied ethics courses, the latest edition of Ethics in Practice An Anthology continues to bean essential resource for instructors and students in philosophy departments around the world.
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Table of contents

Ethics in Practice - Fifth Edition


[N]: New to fifth edition; [R]: Revised for Ethics in Practice; [W]: Written for Ethics in Practice


Preface for Instructors


Acknowledgments


General Introduction [W] [R]


Theorizing about Ethics [W] [R]


Reading Philosophy [W] [R]


Writing a Philosophy Paper [W] [R]


The Basics of Argumentation [NW]


Part I Theory


Ethical Theory


1 Consequentialism [R & R]
William H. Shaw


2 Deontology [W & R]
David McNaughton and Piers Rawling


3 Rights [W & R]
George W. Rainbolt


4 Virtue Theory [W]
Rosalind Hursthouse


Part II Life, Death, and Moral Status


Euthanasia


5. Justifying Physician-Assisted Deaths [W
Tom L. Beauchamp


6 Against the Right to Die [R]
J. David Velleman


7 Physician-Assisted Deaths: Policy Choices [NW]
Ronald Lindsey


8 Dying at the Right Time: Reflections on (Un)Assisted Suicide [W & R]
John Hardwig


9 "For Now Have I My Death": The "Duty to Die" Versus the Duty to Help the Ill Stay Alive.
Felicia Nimue Ackerman


Abortion


10 A Defense of Abortion
Judith Jarvis Thomson


11 On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion [R]
Mary Anne Warren


12 An Argument that Abortion is Wrong [W]
Don Marquis


13 The Moral Permissibility of Abortion
Margaret Olivia Little


14 Virtue Theory and Abortion [R]
Rosalind Hursthouse


Animals


15 All Animals are Equal
Peter Singer


16 Moral Standing, the Value of Lives, and Speciesism
R. G. Frey


17 The Case for Animal Rights
Tom Regan


18 The Vegetarian Imperative [NW]
Michael Allen Fox


Biomedical Technologies


19 Is Women's Labor a Commodity?
Elizabeth S. Anderson


20 "Goodbye Dolly?" The Ethics of Human Cloning
John Harris


21 The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans
Leon R. Kass


22 Cognitive Enhancement [NW]
Jonathan Pugh


Environment


23 The Value of Nature [W]
Ronald Sandler


24 A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis [R & R]
David Schmidtz


25 Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments
Thomas E. Hill, Jr


26 A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, and the Problem of Moral Corruption [R]
Stephen M. Gardiner


Part III Liberty and Equality


Paternalism and Risk


27 Freedom of Action
John Stuart Mill


28 Against the Legalization of Drugs
James Q. Wilson


29 Why We Should Decriminalize Drug Use [R]
Douglas Husak


30 The Liberal Basis of the Right to Bear Arms [R]
Todd C. Hughes and Lester H. Hunt


31 Gun Control
Hugh LaFollette


Free Speech


32 Freedom of Thought and Discussion
John Stuart Mill


33 "The Price We Pay?" Pornography and Harm [R]
Susan J. Brison


34 The Right to Get Turned On: Pornography, Autonomy, Equality
Andrew Altman


35 Sticks and Stones [W]
John Arthur


36 Speech Codes and Expressive Harm [W]
Andrew Altman


Discrimination, Racism, and Sexism


37 Racism as an Ethical Issue [WN]
Michele Moody-Adams


38 Servility and Self-Respect
Thomas E. Hill, Jr


39 Implicit Bias, Awareness, and Moral Responsibility [NR]
Alex Madva


40 Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of "Preferential Treatment" [W]
Luke Charles Harris and Uma Narayan


41 Sexual Harassment [NR]
Jennifer Saul


42 Men in Groups: Collective Responsibility for Rape [R]
Larry May and Robert Strikwerda


43 Ideals of Respect: Identity, Dignity and Disability [NW]
Adam Cureton


Religion, Conscience, and the State


44 Resolving Conflicts between Religious Liberty and Other Values [N]
Mark R. Wicclair


45 Religious Conviction, Parental Authority, and Children's Interests [NW]
Christopher Meyers


46 Gay Rights and Religious Accommodation [NW]
Andrew Koppelman


47 Conscientious Objection in Health Care [N]
Mark R. Wicclair


48 "My Conscience May Be My Guide, but You May not Have to Honor It" [NR]
Hugh LaFollette


Part IV Justice


Punishment


49 Punishment and Desert [W]
James Rachels


50 Does Punishment Work? [W]
John Paul Wright, Francis T. Cullen, and Kevin M. Beaver


51 In Defense of the Death Penalty
Louis P. Pojman


52 Against the Death Penalty
Jeffrey Reiman


53 Just Deserts in an Unjust Society [NR]
Suart P. Green


54 To Protect and Serve: What is Wrong with the Policing of Minorities in the US [NR]
John Kleinig


Economic Justice


55 A Theory of Justice
John Rawls


56 The Entitlement Theory of Justice
Robert Nozick


57 The Ethical Implications of Benefitting from Injustice [NW]
Daniel Butt


58 Bleeding Heart Libertarian View of Inequality [NW]
Andrew Jason Cohen


Global Justice


59 Refugees and the Right to Control Immigration [NW]
Christopher Heath Wellman


60 Case for Open Immigration [N]
Chandran Kukathas


61 Famine, Affluence, and Morality
Peter Singer


62 Famine Relief and the Ideal Moral Code [W]
John Arthur


63 Eradicating Systemic Poverty: Brief for a Global Resources Dividend [R]
Thomas W. Pogge


War and Torture


64 Just War and Moral Consistency [NW]
Jonathan Parry


65 Pacifism: Reclaiming the Moral Presumption [W]
William J. Hawk


66 The Justifiability of Humanitarian Intervention [R]
Charles R. Beitz


67 Terrorism and Torture [N]
Fritz Alhoff


68 Unthinking the Ticking Time Bomb [NR]
David Luban
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About Hugh LaFollette

Hugh LaFollette is Marie E. and Leslie Cole Emeritus Professor in Ethics at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Ethics published with Wiley Blackwell and author and editor of several books, including The Practice of Ethics. His work primarily focuses on ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law.
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