The Right Thing To Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2006-04-26
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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This collection of readings in moral theory and moral issues from major Western philosophers is the successful companion reader for Rachels' text, The Elements of Moral Philosophy. This anthology explores further the theories and issues introduced in that volume, in their original and classic formulations. The collection can stand on its own as the text for a course in moral philosophy, or it can be used to supplement any introductory text.

Table of Contents

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1. A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy, James Rachels

2. Some Basic Points about Arguments, James Rachels


*3. The Subjectivity of Values, J.L. Mackie

4. The Virtues, Aristotle

5. Ethics and Natural Law, St. Thomas Aquinas

6. The Social Contract, Thomas Hobbes

7. Morality as Based on Sentiment, David Hume

8. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill

9. The Categorical Imperative, Immanuel Kant


10. Why Abortion is Immoral, Don Marquis

*11. A Defense of Abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson

12. Will Cloning Harm People?, Gregory E. Pence

13. Is Homosexuality Unnatural?, Burton M. Leiser

*14. 9/11 and Starvation, Mylan Engel, Jr.

15. The Singer Solution to World Poverty, Peter Singer

*16. Utilitarianism and Integrity, Bernard Williams

17. The Morality of Euthanasia, James Rachels

18. Assisted Suicide: Pro-Choice or Anti-Life?, Richard Doerflinger

19. All Animals Are Equal, Peter Singer

*20. Do Animals Have Rights?, Tibor R. Machan

*21. The Immorality of SUVs and Trucks, Douglas Husak

22. Preserving the Environment, Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

23. The Ethics of War and Peace, Douglas P. Lackey

24. In Defense of the Death Penalty, Ernest van den Haag

25. The Case against the Death Penalty, Hugo A. Bedau

*26. Americas Unjust Drug War, Michael Huemer

*27. The Experience Machine, Robert Nozick

*28. The Feminist Revelation, Christina Hoff Sommers

*29. Is Racial Discrimination Arbitrary?, Peter Singer

30. Letter from the Birmingham City Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr.

*31. In Defense of Quotas, James Rachels

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