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Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780205924257

ISBN10:
0205924255
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/7/2013
Publisher(s):
Pearson

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Summary

Facilitate honest, thoughtful and respectful consideration of controversial questions

 

An exciting first edition, Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions is designed to promote careful and vigorous yet congenial and respectful examination of a wide range of controversial ethical issues. It is unique in focusing attention on two steps that are essential prior to productive consideration of controversial questions: First, the elimination of Straw Man distortions that cause students to not only talk past one another but also to have a very negative view of those with whom they disagree; and second, the importance of understanding that those on the opposing side have legitimate and important concerns that can be understood and appreciated even by those who strongly disagree with their position.

 

With those problems cleared away, students can approach these difficult questions with openness to the best arguments on both sides: not with the goal of “meeting in the middle,” but of honestly appreciating the actual issues and the complexities of those issues.

 

Congenial Debates on Controversial Questions is organized around 15 major current issues, including the most vigorously debated contemporary social issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, drug legalization, immigration, same-sex marriage, church/state relations, the social responsibilities of corporations, and animal rights.

 

 

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Recognize the misinformation and Straw Man arguments in daily conversations.
  • Explore new perspectives on examining difficult issues.
  • Gain an honest appreciation of the best points of differing views.

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Author Biography

Dr. Bruce N. Waller is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His other works include Consider Ethics: Theory, Readings, and Contemporary Issues, Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict, You Decide! Current Debates in Criminal Justice, You Decide! Current Debates in Contemporary Moral Problems, You Decide! Current Debates in Introductory Philosophy, You Decide! Current Debates in Ethics, and Coffee and Philosophy: A Conversational Introduction to Philosophy with Readings.

Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 


 

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Chapter 1: Debating Abortion and Remaining Friends

Chapter 2: Dubious Approaches to Thinking About Ethics

Chapter 3: Some Useful Ways of Approaching Ethical Questions

Chapter 4: Abortion

Chapter 5: Capital Punishment

Chapter 6: Euthanasia

Chapter 7: Same-Sex Marriage

Chapter 8: Immigration

Chapter 9: Animal Rights

Chapter 10: Police Deception

Chapter 11: Jury Nullification

Chapter 12: Should Illegal Drugs be Legalized?

Chapter 13: Legacy Admissions

Chapter 14: Church and State Relations

Chapter 15: Patriotism

Chapter 16: Free Speech or Speech Codes?

Chapter 17: Corporate Responsibility

 



  FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Chapter 1: Debating Abortion and Remaining Friends

          Why Are Debates So Angry?

          The Six Rules for Talking Together

          Genuine Value Disagreements

 

Chapter 2: Dubious Approaches to Thinking About Ethics

          Egoism

          Relativism

          Divine Command Theory

 

Chapter 3: Some Useful Ways of Approaching Ethical Questions

          Would You Like it if Everyone Did That?

          An Impartial Observer

          The Veil of Ignorance

          Both Feelings and Principles

          The Greatest Pleasure for the Greatest Number

          Taking a Narrower Perspective: From the Marketplace to the Family

          Do I Really Want to be that Sort of Person?

          Can We Agree to Disagree?

 

Chapter 4: Abortion

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Legalized Abortion

          Arguments Against Legalized Abortion

         

Chapter 5: Capital Punishment

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Capital Punishment

          Arguments Against Capital Punishment

         

Chapter 6: Euthanasia

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Active Euthanasia

          Arguments Against Active Euthanasia

         

Chapter 7: Same-Sex Marriage

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

          Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage

         

Chapter 8: Immigration

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Immigration

          Arguments Against Immigration

 

Chapter 9: Animal Rights

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Animal Rights

          Arguments Against Animal Rights

         

Chapter 10: Police Deception

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Police Deception

          Arguments Against Police Deception

 

Chapter 11: Jury Nullification

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Jury Nullification

          Arguments Against Jury Nullification

         

Chapter 12: Should Illegal Drugs be Legalized?

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Legalizing Drugs

          Arguments Against Legalizing Drug

         

Chapter 13: Legacy Admissions

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Legacy Admissions

          Arguments Against Legacy Admissions

         

Chapter 14: Church and State Relations

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments for Strict Church-State Separation

          Arguments to Allow some State Support for Religion

         

Chapter 15: Patriotism

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Moderate Patriotism

          Arguments Against Moderate Patriotism (in favor of Cosmopolitanism)

         

Chapter 16: Free Speech or Speech Codes?

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Unrestricted Free Speech

          Arguments Against Moderate Patriotism (in favor of Speech Codes)

         

Chapter 17: Corporate Responsibility

          Strawman Distortions

          What is the Common Ground?

          Arguments in Favor of Corporate Social Responsibility

          Arguments Against Corporate Social Responsibility

         

         



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