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Offering a balance of theory and applications and a mix of text and readings,Consider Ethicsbegins with chapters covering ethical theory, each of which is followed by related, classical readings. The book concludes with an examination of six contemporary ethicalissuespresented in a pro/con format, including introductory material placing each issue and the arguments in context.
Table of Contents
|Thinking About Ethics|
|Ethics and Critical Thinking|
|God's Commandments and Ethics|
|Religion and Ethics|
|Reading: Plato, Euthyphro|
|Ethics and Reason|
|Reasoning about Ethics|
|Elements of Kantian Ethics|
|Criticisms of Kantian Ethics|
|Reading: Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals|
|Ethics and Emotions|
|Follow Your Reason or Follow Your Heart?|
|Objective and Subjective Feelings|
|Reading: Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature|
|Act- vs. Rule-Utilitarians|
|Utiliatarians and the Quality of Pleasures|
|Criticisms of Utilitarian Ethics|
|Nozicks Challenge to Utilitarian Ethics The Uses of Utilitarian Ethics|
|Opposition to Utilitarianism|
|Reading: Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation|
|Reading: Mill, What Utilitarianism Is|
|Social Contract Ethics|
|Framing the Social Contract|
|Fairness and Social Contract Theory: John Rawls|
|Gauthier's Contractarian Ethics|
|The Social Contract Myth and its Underlying Assumptions|
|Reading: Hobbes, Leviathan|
|Egoism, Relativism, and Pragmatism|
|Readings: Rorty, Philosophy and Social Hope|
|The Distinctive Focus of Virtue Ethics|
|The Strengths of Virtue Ethics|
|Criticisms of Virtue Theory|
|Virtue Theory and Medicine|
|Reading: Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics|
|The Neglect of Women's Ethical Views|
|The Care Perspectives on Ethics|
|Women and Ethics|
|Reading: Baier, The Need for More than Justice|
|The Scope of Mortality|
|Who is Due Moral Consideration? Moral Agents|
|Darwin and the Moral Status of Nonhuman Animals|
|Reading: Darwin, The Descent of Man|
|Reading: Frans de Waal, Primates and Philosophers|
|The Nature of Ethical Nonobjectivism|
|Arguments for Ethical Nonobjectivism|
|The Continuing Struggle Between Objectivists and Nonobjectivists|
|Reading: Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic|
|Contemporary Moral Realism|
|Moral Realism and the Argument from Simplicity|
|Moral Facts and Scientific Revolutions|
|Two Ways that Moral Realism Might Fail|
|Reading: Smith, Realism|
|How Hard is Ethics?|
|The Demands of Ethical Living|
|Comparing Ethical Systems on the Basis of Difficulty|
|Duty and Feelings|
|Reading: Mencius, Book of Mencius|
|Determinism and Free Will|
|Libertarian Free Will and the Rejection of Determinism|
|Reading: Wolf, Asymmetrical Freedom|
|Freedom, Moral Responsibility, and Ethics|
|Types of Responsibility|
|Moral Responsibility and the Utility of Punishment|
|Conditions for Moral Responsibility|
|Moral Responsibility and Ethics|
|Reading: Nagel, Moral Luck|
|The Death Penalty|
|The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished|
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