The Right Thing To Do: Basic Readings in Moral Philosophy

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 12/1/2011
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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This collection of readings in moral theory and moral issues from major Western philosophers is the ideal companion reader for James Rachels' text The Elements of Moral Philosophy. The 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.

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About the Authors


1. A Short Introduction to Moral Philosophy, James Rachels

2. Some Basic Points about Arguments, James Rachels


3. Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill

4. Utilitarianism and Integrity, Bernard Williams

5. The Experience Machine, Robert Nozick


6. The Subjectivity of Values, J. L. Mackie

7. The Categorical Imperative, Immanuel Kant

8. The Virtues, Aristotle

9. Master Morality and Slave Morality, Friedrich Nietzsche

10. Caring Relations and Principles of Justice, Virginia Held


11. Why Abortion Is Immoral, Don Marquis

12. A Defense of Abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson

13. On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion and Postscript on Infanticide, Mary Ann Warren


14. All Animals Are Equal, Peter Singer

15. Torturing Puppies and Eating Meat: It's All in Good Taste, Alastair Norcross

16. Do Animals Have Rights?, Tibor R. Machan


17. The Singer Solution to World Poverty, Peter Singer


18. A Defense of the Death Penalty, Louis P. Pojman

19. Why the United States Will Join the Rest of the World in Abandoning Capital Punishment, Stephen B. Bright


20. Hellhole, Atul Gawande

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

22. Fifty Years after Hiroshima, John Rawls

23. What Is Wrong with Terrorism?, Thomas Nagel

24. Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb, David Luban


25. America’s Unjust Drug War, Michael Huemer

26. Our Sexual Ethics, Bertrand Russell

27. Monogamy: A Critique, John McMurtry

28. A Few Words about Gay Marriage, Andrew Sullivan

29. Same-Sex Marriage and the Argument from Public Disagreement, David Boonin

30. Alcohol and Rape, Nicholas Dixon


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

32. Is Racial Discrimination Arbitrary?, Peter Singer

33. In Defense of Quotas, James Rachels


34. The Morality of Euthanasia, James Rachels

35. The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia, J. Gay-Williams

36. The New Eugenics, Matt Ridley

37. Human Cloning and the Challenge of Regulation, John A. Robertson

38. Selling Organs for Transplantation, Lewis Burrows

39. A Free Market Would Reduce Donations and Would Commodify the Human Body, James F. Childress

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