Exploring Ethics

Exploring Ethics : An Introductory Anthology

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Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology is a brief collection of readings in moral philosophy intended to provide a clear and definite understanding of ethics. Carefully chosen and edited by Steven Cahn for maximum accessibility, the forty selections that comprise the text are organized into three parts: Challenges to Morality, Moral Theories, and Moral Problems. The first part, Challenges to Morality, addresses the sometimes simplistic ideas students may bring to the study of morality. The second part, Moral Theories, offers a look at some of the most important and influential ethical theories, showing how a variety of thinkers have tried to answer some of philosophys most enduring questions: What differentiates right from wrong? How do we define virtue? How should we act? Finally, the third part, Moral Problems, features opposing readings on nine controversial issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, terrorism, and capital punishment. Exploring Ethics includes selections from Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, Friederich Nietzsche, James Rachels, John Rawls, and Tom Regan, among many others.All of the readings are preceded by introductions and followed by study questions prepared by the editor. With its broad and rich balance of selections, Exploring Ethics is perfect for courses in introduction to ethics and contemporary moral problems, as a stand alone text or as a companion to other books. An Instructors Manual and a Companion website accompany the text.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195342003
  • 9780195342000
  • 1,131,116

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"An excellent and rich overview of major theories and debates in metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. The table of contents includes several of the most important figures in the history of western moral philosophy (Kant, Mill, Aristotle), but also combines those readings with contemporary secondary literature, making the classics more accessible."--Kristen Intemann, Montana State University"The quality of the selections in this anthology is uniformly very high and well suited for classroom discussion."--Heimir Geirsson, Iowa State University"These readings provide an excellent introduction to the core issues in Western ethical thought."--Manyul Im, California State University, Los Angeles "An excellent and rich overview of major theories and debates in metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. The table of contents includes several of the most important figures in the history of western moral philosophy (Kant, Mill, Aristotle), but also combines those readings with contemporary secondary literature, making the classics more accessible."--Kristen Intemann, Montana State University "The quality of the selections in this anthology is uniformly very high and well suited for classroom discussion."--Heimir Geirsson, Iowa State University "These readings provide an excellent introduction to the core issues in Western ethical thought."--Manyul Im, California State University, Los Angeles "An excellent and rich overview of major theories and debates in metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. The table of contents includes several of the most important figures in the history of western moral philosophy (Kant, Mill, Aristotle), but also combines those readings withcontemporary secondary literature, making the classics more accessible."--Kristen Intemann, Montana State University"The quality of the selections in this anthology is uniformly very high and well suited for classroom discussion."--Heimir Geirsson, Iowa State University"These readings provide an excellent introduction to the core issues in Western ethical thought."--Manyul Im, California State University, Los Angelesshow more

Table of contents

Preface; INTRODUCTION; 1. Morality and Moral Philosophy, William K. Frankena; 2. Crito, Plato; PART ONE: CHALLENGES TO MORALITY; 3. How Not to Answer Moral Questions, Tom Regan; 4. God and Morality, Steven M. Cahn; 5. Right and Wrong, Thomas Nagel; 6. The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, James Rachels; 7. Egoism and Moral Scepticism, James Rachels; 8. The Nature of Ethical Disagreement, Charles L. Stevenson; 9. Happiness and Morality, Steven M. Cahn and Jeffrie G. Murphy; PART TWO: MORAL THEORIES; 10. The Categorical Imperative, Immanuel Kant; 11. A Simplified Account of Kant's Ethics, Onora O'Neill; 12. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill; 13. Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism, Louis P. Pojman; 14. The Nature of Virtue, Aristotle; 15. Ethics and the Moral Life, Bernard Mayo; 16. Master Morality and Slave Morality, Friedrich Nietzsche; 17. Moral Saints, Susan Wolf; 18. The Social Contract, Thomas Hobbes; 19. A Theory of Justice, John Rawls; 20. The Idea of a Female Ethics, Jean Grimshaw; PART THREE: MORAL PROBLEMS; 21. A Defense of Abortion , Judith Jarvis Thomson; 22. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion, Mary Anne Warren; 23. Why Abortion is Immoral, Don Marquis; 24. Active and Passive Euthanasia, James Rachels; 25. Active and Passive Euthanasia: A Reply to Rachels, Thomas D. Sullivan; 26. Famine, Affluence, and Morality, Peter Singer; 27. World Hunger and Moral Obligation: The Case Against Singer, John Arthur; 28. Terrorism, Michael Walzer; 29. Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong?, Lionel K. McPherson; 30. Pornography, Oppression and Freedom: A Closer Look, Helen E. Longino; 31. The Feminist Case Against Pornography, Joel Feinberg; 32. Two Concepts of Affirmative Action, Steven M. Cahn; 33. What Good Am I?, Laurence Thomas; 34. The Case for Animal Rights, Tom Regan; 35. Why Animals Have No Rights, Carl Cohen; 36. We Are What We Eat , Tom Regan; 37. People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution, William F. Baxter; 38. In Defense of the Death Penalty, Ernest Van Dean Haag; 39. Capital Punishment, Hugo Adam Bedau; CONCLUSION; 40. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jrshow more

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