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Morality and Moral Controversies : Readings in Moral, Social and Political Philosophy,9780205526215
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Morality and Moral Controversies provides students with the tools to understand the philosophical ideas that are shaping our world today. This comprehensive anthology includes classic and contemporary readings in moral theory and the most current applied ethics debates emphasizing international concerns. Through analyzing these readings such as Supreme Court decisions, students will grasp the scope of various philosophical discussions Supreme Court justices must have. Morality and Moral Controversieschallenges readers to critically assess leading controversies in moral, social, and political philosophy. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers will be able to: Understand philosophical ideas that are shaping our world today. Confront conflicts faced when given the choice of morality. Apply various philosophical ideas to politics, religion, economics, relationships, and medicine. Discuss basic philosophical arguments. Note: MySearchLab with eText does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: or you can purchase a Valuepack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205897843 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205897841

Author Biography

Steven Scalet received his Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Arizona. As a young undergraduate student, Scalet took an Introduction to Philosophy class that blew him away and he has been hooked ever since. After receiving his doctorate, he taught at Binghamton University (SUNY) for a decade, where he directed the Program in Philosophy, Politics and Law and was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Economics. Professor Scalet taught a popular philosophy course at Binghamton called “Markets, Ethics, and Law” that enrolled thousands of students and formed the basis for his text Markets, Ethics and Business Ethics (forthcoming, Pearson). Professor Scalet is the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He traveled widely around New York State to lecture on topics of corporate responsibility and the nature of democracy as a Speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities. He also led two semester-long study abroad programs, where he taught English and American students as a visiting faculty at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Professor Scalet publishes articles in applied ethics and political philosophy, and is currently an Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Baltimore (USM). Although no longer 18, he still ponders the meaning of it all and lives happily in the Baltimore area with his wife Debby and daughter Sophia.


John Arthur was a Professor of Philosophy at Binghamton University (SUNY) before his untimely death from non-smokers lung cancer.  He was beloved as a teacher and mentor to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in his nearly twenty years at Binghamton.

Table of Contents

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1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


1. Brief Table of Contents


Part 1:            Moral Thinking

Chapter 1:     Self-Interest, Religion, and Conscience

Chapter 2:     The Sources and Grounds of Morality

Chapter 3:     Classical Theories of Morality

Chapter 4:     Contemporary Perspectives


Part 2:            Life and Death

Chapter 5:     Terrorism and War

Chapter 6:     Capital Punishment

Chapter 7:     Animals and Environmentalism

Chapter 8:     Human Reproduction:  Cloning and Abortion

Chapter 9:     Medicine and Deciding Who Should Live


Part 3:            Personal Relationships

Chapter 10:   Love and Sex

Chapter 11:   Family and Friendship

Chapter 12:   Personal Dimensions of Technology


Part 4:            Political, Economic, and Social Relationships

Chapter 13:   The Ideal State

Chapter 14:   Patriotism, Civil Disobedience, and the Rule of Law

Chapter 15:   Markets and Property

Chapter 16:   Democracy, Globalization, and Corporate Responsibility

Chapter 17:   Liberty:  Drug Use and Free Speech

Chapter 18:   Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action

Chapter 19:   Immigration and Multicultural Societies


2. Full Table of Contents


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