The Practice of Ethics

The Practice of Ethics

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The Practice of Ethics is an outstanding guide to the burgeoning field of applied ethics, and offers a coherent narrative that is both theoretically and pragmatically grounded for framing practical issues. * Discusses a broad range of contemporary issues such as racism, euthanasia, animal rights, and gun control. * Argues that ethics must be put into practice in order to be effective. * Draws upon relevant insights from history, psychology, sociology, law and biology, as well as philosophy. * An excellent companion to LaFollette's authoritative anthology, Ethics in Practice: An Anthology, Third Edition (Blackwell, 2006).
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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 17mm | 542g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0631219455
  • 9780631219453
  • 2,487,137

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In The Practice of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette argues that ethics, like medicine, is fundamentally practical; the aim of ethics is not just to further ethical knowledge but to improve how people live. He employs relevant insights from other academic disciplines and uses arguments and examples from contemporary issues such as race relations, euthanasia, gun control, and animal rights, to create a coherent narrative that is theoretically and pragmatically grounded. Timely and engaging, this introductory text is an outstanding guide to the field of applied ethics, and is an excellent companion to the new third edition of LaFollette's authoritative anthology Ethics in Practice.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Learning to Theorize:. 1. The Ethical Impulse. 2. A Tale of Two Theories. 3. Using and Sharpening the Theoretical Tools. 4. Relativism. Part II: The Moral Status of Groups:. 5. Racism. 6. Affirmative Action. Part III: Life and Death:. 7. Religion and Morality. 8. Death, Dying, and Physician-assisted Suicide. 9. Slippery Slope Arguments. Part IV: Autonomy, Responsibility, and Risk:. 10. Autonomy, Children, and Paternalism. 11. Punishment. 12. Gun Control. Part V: Living Morally:. 13. Everyday Morality. 14. Character, Virtue Ethics, and Pragmatism. 15. Animals. Part VI: The Demands of Morality:. 16. World Hunger. 17. Is Morality Demanding?. 18. Egoism: Psychological and Moral. Part VII: Thinking Ahead:. 19. Moral Speculations. Index
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About Hugh LaFollette

Hugh LaFollette is Marie and Leslie E. Cole Chair in Ethics, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He is author of Personal Relationships: Love, Identity, and Morality (Blackwell, 1995), co-author of Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (1996), and editor of several other volumes, including The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory (Blackwell, 1999) and Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (third edition, Blackwell, 2007).
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