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Ideal for courses in contemporary moral problems, introduction to ethics, and applied ethics, Disputed Moral Issues: A Reader is a comprehensive anthology that brings together sixty-seven engaging articles on a wide range of contemporary moral issues. Carefully selected and edited for an undergraduate audience, the essays are organized into twelve chapters that cover: * Sexual morality * Pornography, hate speech, and censorship * Drugs, gambling, and addiction * Sexism, racism, and reparation * Euthanasia and suicide * Abortion * Cloning and genetic enhancement * The death penalty * War, terrorism, and torture * World hunger and poverty * Animals * The environment Striking a unique balance between moral theory and applied ethics, editor Mark Timmons provides students with an accessible Moral Theory Primer (Chapter 1), in which he outlines the guiding principles of moral theory, presents six central moral theories, and relates those theories to the issues debated in the articles. Each of the remaining chapters is preceded by an introduction that explains key concepts and shows how theories from the Moral Theory Primer are connected to the arguments presented in that chapter's essays. Each selection is preceded by a brief summary and reader cues, which direct students to a specific section of the Moral Theory Primer in order to best help them understand the essay in question. A "Quick Guide to Moral Theories" appendix, an extensive glossary of key terms, and suggested further readings after each chapter further enhance the text. A "User's Guide," which follows the preface, shows instructors how they can integrate moral theories and applied ethics into their courses.
Table of Contents
|open with an Introduction and end with Further Reading|
|Preface: User''s Guide|
|A Moral Theory Primer|
|What Is a Moral Theory?|
|Six Essential Moral Theories|
|Natural Law Theory|
|Kantian Moral Theory|
|Rights-Based Moral Theory|
|Ethics of Prima Facie Duty|
|Coping with Many Moral Theories|
|Ethics by Authority?|
|Vatican Declaration on Some Questions of Sexual Ethics|
|A Liberal View of Sexual Morality and the Concept of Using Another Person|
|Virtue Ethics and Adultery|
|Against Homosexual Marriage|
|Why Shouldn''t Tommy and Jim Have Sex? A Defense of Homosexuality|
|Should Feminists Oppose Prostitution?|
|Pornography, Hate Speech, and Censorship|
|The Attorney General''s Commission on Pornography|
|Pornography and Harm|
|Why Censoring Pornography Would Not Reduce Discrimination or Violence against Women|
|Liberty and Pornography|
|Pornography and Degradation|
|Racist Speech as the Functional Equivalent of Fighting Words|
|Drugs, Gambling, and Addiction|
|Drug-Free America or Free America?|
|Against the Legalization of Drugs|
|Permissible Paternalism: Saving Smokers from Themselves|
|Addiction and Drug Policy|
|Why Is Gambling Wrong?|
|Is Gambling Immoral? A Virtue Ethics Approach|
|Sexism, Racism, and Reparation|
|Racism as a Model for Understanding Sexism|
|Racist Acts and Racist Humor|
|Reparations to Native Americans?|
|Why Affirmative Action Is Immoral|
|The Message of Affirmative Action|
|Euthanasia and Suicide|
|Suicide as a Violation of Duty to Oneself|
|Active and Passive Euthanasia|
|The Intentional Termination of Life|
|Voluntary Active Euthanasia|
|Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?|
|Assisted Suicide Is Not Voluntary Active Euthanasia|
|The Unspeakable Crime of Abortion|
|On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion|
|A Defense of Abortion|
|Why Abortion Is Immoral|
|A Kantian Argument against Abortion|
|Virtue Theory and Abortion|
|Cloning and Genetic Enhancement|
|Liberty, Identity, and Human Cloning|
|Preventing Brave New World|
|Will Cloning Harm People?|
|Human Cloning: A Kantian Approach|
|The Case against Perfection|
|The Death Penalty|
|Punishment and the Principle of Equality|
|An Eye for an Eye?|
|A Defense of the Death Penalty|
|The Case against the Death Penalty|
|Capital Attrition: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995|
|War, Terrorism, and Torture|
|Does Morality Apply to War?|
|Terrorism and Morality|
|After 9/11: Five Questions about Terrorism|
|Terrorism and International Justice|
|Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured?|
|World Hunger and PovertyGarrett Hardin|
|Famine, Affluence, and Morality|
|World Hunger and Moral Obligation|
|Property and Hunger|
|A Kantian Approach to World Hunger|
|All Animals Are Equal|
|In Defense of Speciesism|
|The Case for Animal Rights|
|Human and Animal Rights Compared|
|A New Argument for Vegetarianism|
|The EnvironmentWilliam F. Baxter|
|People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution|
|The Land Ethic|
|The Ethics of Re|
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