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Exploring Ethics: An Introductory Anthology is a remarkably accessible, concise, and engaging introduction to moral philosophy. Steven M. Cahn brings together a rich, balanced, and wide-ranging collection of forty classic and contemporary readings. Most importantly, he has carefully edited thearticles so that they will be exceptionally clear and understandable to undergraduate students. The selections are organized into three parts, providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of ethics courses. The first part, Challenges to Morality, considers the overlysimple answers ideas that beginning students may bring to moral questions. The second part, Moral Theories, provides selections from the most influential ethical theories of the past along with commentary by contemporary thinkers. The third part, Moral Problems, offers opposing perspectives on ninecontroversial issues: abortion, euthanasia, world hunger, terrorism, pornography, affirmative action, animal rights, the environment, and capital punishment. Exploring Ethics features selections from Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Thomas Nagel, James Rachels, John Rawls, Tom Regan, Peter Singer, Susan Wolf, and many others. Each reading is preceded by a detailed introduction and followed by study questions that encourage studentsto think philosophically. Ideal for courses in introduction to ethics or contemporary moral problems, this unique anthology can be used independently or as a companion to a single-authored text. An Instructor's Manual and Companion Website accompany the text.
Table of Contents
|Morality and Moral Philosophy|
|Challenges to Morality|
|How Not to Answer Moral Questions|
|God and Morality|
|Right and Wrong|
|The Challenge of Cultural Relativism|
|Egoism and Moral Scepticism|
|The Nature of Ethical Disagreement|
|Happiness and Morality|
|The Categorical Imperative|
|A Simplified Account of Kant's Ethics|
|Strengths and Weaknesses of Utilitarianism|
|The Nature of Virtue|
|Ethics and the Moral Life|
|Master Morality and Slave Morality|
|The Social Contract|
|A Theory of Justice|
|The Idea of a Female Ethic|
|A Defense of Abortion|
|On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion|
|Why Abortion is Immoral|
|Active and Passive Euthanasia|
|Active and Passive Euthanasia: A Reply to Rachels|
|Famine, Affluence, and Morality|
|World Hunger and Moral Obligation: The Case Against Singer|
|Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong?|
|Pornography, Oppression and Freedom: A Closer Look|
|The Feminist Case Against Pornography|
|Two Concepts of Affirmative Action|
|What Good Am I?|
|The Case for Animal Rights|
|Why Animals Have No Rights|
|We Are What We Eat , Tom Regan|
|People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution|
|In Defense of the Death Penalty|
|Letter from a Birmingham Jail|
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